All open fires, including campfires, have been prohibited throughout coastal fire centres jurisdiction.
The ban goes into effect on July 6 but does not include Haida Gwaii and an area known as the “fog zone”, which is a two kilometre strip of land along the outer coast of Vancouver Island stretching from Owen Point north to the tip of Vancouver Island around to the boundary of Port Hardy.
The Coastal Fire Centre is implementing this prohibition due to increasing temperatures and no precipitation in the weather forecast. The ban will remain in effect until Oct. 21, 2017 or until the public is otherwise notified.
This ban covers all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands within the Coastal Fire Centre.
The ban does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel – so long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres.
Anyone found in violation of an open burning ban may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.
The Coastal Fire Centre covers all of the area west of the height of land on the Coast Mountain Range from the U.S.-Canada border at Manning Park, including Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park in the north, the Sunshine Coast, the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Haida Gwaii.