Campfire Prohibition lifted for Otter Point

Campfire prohibition lifted for the Coastal Fire Centre

PARKSVILLE—The campfire prohibition will be lifted in all regions of the Coastal Fire Centre area beginning 12:00 noon, Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), on Tuesday, September 20, 2022.

Other activities which will now be permitted in the Coastal Fire Centre include:

  • The use of tiki and similar kinds of torches;
  • The use of chimineas; and
  • The use of outdoor stoves or other portable campfire apparatus without a Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or Underwriter Laboratories of Canada (ULC) rating.

For detailed information, please refer to the map: http://ow.ly/jUuz50KLGIC

Although the fire danger has declined in the Coastal Fire Centre due to recent rainfall and cooler, more seasonal temperatures, the public is strongly encouraged to continue exercising extreme caution with any campfire. It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure that burning is done in a safe and responsible manner and in accordance with regulations. Before lighting any fire, check with local government authorities to see if any local burning restrictions are in place.

While campfires will be allowed in the Coastal Fire Centre, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires remain prohibited, including the use of fireworks, sky lanterns, burn barrels and burn cages. These restrictions will remain in place until October 28, 2022, or until the order is rescinded.

Reminders about campfires:

  • A campfire is defined as any fire smaller than 0.5 metres high by 0.5 metres wide.
  • Never light a campfire or keep it burning in windy conditions. Weather can change quickly, and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material.
  • Maintain a fireguard around your campfire. This is a fuel-free area where all flammable materials (grass, leaves, kindling, etc.) have been removed right down to the soil.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Make sure that any fire is completely extinguished, and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time

Human-caused wildfires are completely preventable and divert critical resources away from lightning-caused fires. Always practice safe, responsible fire use where permitted.

  • To report a wildfire, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone.
  • Check with your local government or other jurisdictional authorities before lighting a fire of any size since they may have their own restrictions in place.
  • Anyone found in contravention of an open-burning prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150, may be required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $10,000 or, if convicted in court, may be fined up to $100,000 and/or 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.

Learn More:

Contact:

Fire Information Officer

BC Wildfire Service

Coastal Fire Centre

250-951-4209

FIRESMART Drop Off Chipping Event

 

Clearing and chipping dead branches and shrubs help prevent fire from catching and spreading.
If you have dead branches piled up and don’t want to wait till the open burning season, here’s an opportunity to remove the dead dry fuel from around your property.

FireSmart Chipping Drop-Off Event
Date: Sunday, September 25th, 2022

Location: Camp Barnard, 3202 Young Lake Road 

Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Chipping Guidelines:
Only tree branches, small woody shrubs, and windfall branches will be accepted –Branch size must be between 2.5 cm (1in) to 17 cm (7in)
Branches and debris should not be placed in bags, boxes, or tied with string or wire.
Branches and debris should be clean with no dirt, gravel, or muddy roots
No construction debris, lawn clippings, root balls or loose leaves.

For more information email firesmart@crd.bc.ca or contact the Firehall at 250-642-6211

PUBLIC NOTICE: Campfire Prohibition In Otter Point Effective 12 p.m. on Thursday August 4, 2022

Please be advised Effective 12 p.m. (noon) PDT on Thursday, August 4, 2022, campfires will be prohibited throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, (which includes the Otter Point Fire Protection District) excluding the Haida Gwaii Forest District. This prohibition is being enacted to help reduce wildfire risk and protect public safety.

This prohibition covers all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands within the Coastal Fire Centre, Including the Otter Point Fire Protection District. unless specified otherwise (e.g. in a local government bylaw). Campfires will still be allowed in Haida Gwaii.

 

This prohibition will be in place until October 28, 2022, or until the order is rescinded.

A map of the affected areas is available online: http://ow.ly/ojX230spiTP

With the enactment of this prohibition, campfires (excluding Haida Gwaii), Category 2 and Category 3 open fires are prohibited within the Coastal Fire Centre. The Category 2 and 3 prohibition was enacted on July 15, 2022.

The following activities are also prohibited in all areas of the Coastal Fire Centre (Wildfire Act, Section 12):

  • Fireworks
  • Sky Lanterns
  • Binary Exploding Targets
  • Burn Barrels or Burn Cages of any size or description
  • Air Curtain Burners
  • Beach Fires(Including all beach areas in the Otter Point Fire Protection District)

The campfire prohibition does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or portable campfire devices that use briquettes, liquid, or gaseous fuel, provided they are CSA or ULC approved, and the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres.

Anyone who lights, fuels or uses an open fire when a fire prohibition is in place or fails to comply with an open fire prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150 or, if convicted in court, be fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be subject to a penalty of up to $100,000 and ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

To report a wildfire, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories go to: www.bcwildfire.ca

Opening Burning Ends May 31st, 2022

A reminder that this upcoming weekend is the last weekend to burn before Open Burning shuts down till the fall. You still need a permit up till May 31, 2022. Please contact the Firehall at 250-642-6211  if you still require a permit.

 

 

All Open Burning will not be permitted effective June 1st, 2022.

 

This includes all backyard (Class B) Fires and large (Class A) Machine built fires.

Camp Fires OK with clean, split firewood only.

 

If you can’t get all your burning done before the May 31st deadline, We will be hosting another FireSmart Chipping drop-off program Saturday, June 25th, 2022 at Camp Barnard, 3202 Young Lake Road

Chipping Guidelines:

Only tree branches, small woody shrubs, and windfall branches will be accepted –Branch size must be between 2.5 cm (1in) to 17 cm (7in)
Branches and debris should not be placed in bags, boxes, or tied with string or wire Branches and debris should be clean with no dirt, gravel, or muddy roots
No construction debris, lawn clippings, root balls or loose leaves

Click the link for more details. FireSmart Drop-Off Chipping June 25, 2022

 

 

BBQ Season Safety Message

Spring has definitely sprung, which means grilling season is just around the corner! People may say they are safe when they use a BBQ, but in 2021, OFC received 55 reports of fires that originated from barbecues, resulting in more than $25.6million in damages (this doesn’t include incidents that weren’t reported, or the fire department wasn’t called).

Open Burning is permitted in Otter Point

until May 31st, 2022 as conditions allow.

As of April 1st, 2022 All open burning requires a permit.

Permits can be obtained by calling the

Otter Point Fire Department

Monday to Friday 8:00am-5:00pm 250-642-6211.

For information on Burning Bylaw 3452 – Fire Regulation Bylaw No. 1, 2007

Please click on the link:    https://otterpointfire.bc.ca/burning-regulations/ 

Otter Point FireSmart Drop-Off Chipping Program

Chipping Guidelines:

  • Only tree branches between 2.5cm (1in.) to 17cm (7in.)
  • Small woody shrubs and windfall branches only
  • No Construction debris, lawn clippings, root balls or loose leaves.
  • Branches and debris should not be placed in bags or boxes or tied with string or wire.
  • Branches and debris should be clean with no dirt, gravel, or muddy roots

 ONLY BRANCHES AND CLEAN, WOODY SHRUB MATERIALS WILL BE ACCEPTED

     For more info email firesmart@crd.bc.ca

FireSmart™ Your Home Today! Home Assessments Available in Otter Point

FireSmart Your Home and Community Today.

FireSmart Residential Assessments:
You can invite Local FireSmart Representatives (LFR)s to visit your property to make FireSmart recommendations.
An assessment takes approximately 30-45 minutes, and you can learn valuable tips to improve safety around your home.
You can also follow the checklists to complete your own residential assessment if you prefer.

It’s Time for Otter Point to Get FireSmart! 

Sign up below to get a FireSmart™  Home Assessment completed on your home by a Local Firesmart Representative. 

Click here to contact a local Fire Smart Rep