Campfire and Beach Fires will prohibited 12:00pm Friday July 12th 2024

Effective at 12 p.m. (noon) PDT on Friday, July 12, 2024, Campfires and Beach fires will be prohibited throughout the Coastal Fire Centre, except for the Haida Gwaii Forest District. This includes all areas within the Otter Point Fire Protection District.

This prohibition is being enacted to help prevent human caused wildfires and protect public safety.

These prohibitions apply to all public and private land within the Coastal Fire Centre jurisdiction, unless specified otherwise in an enactment (e.g., in a local government bylaw). Always check with local government authorities to see if any other burning restrictions are in effect. Category 2 and Category 3 open fires remain prohibited in Haida Gwaii Forest District.

This prohibition will be in place until 12 p.m. (noon) PDT on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2024, or until the order is rescinded.

A map of the affected areas is available online and below.

On July 12, 2024, the types of open fires listed below are prohibited in the Coastal Fire Centre, with the exception of the Haida Gwaii Forest District for Category 1 campfires:

In addition to campfires and open fires being prohibited, the following activities and equipment are also restricted:

  • Fireworks;
  • Sky Lanterns;
  • Burn Barrels or Burn Cages of any size or description;
  • Binary Exploding Targets;
  • Air curtain burners;
  • Tiki and similar kind of torches; and,
  • Chimineas

This prohibition does not include the use of outdoor stoves. As per the Wildfire Regulation, an outdoor stove is a CSA-rated or ULC-rated device used outdoors for cooking, heat or ambiance that burns charcoal briquettes, liquid fuel or gaseous fuel, and has a flame height that is less than 15 cm tall.

To learn more about the different categories of open burning, visit the Open Burning webpage.

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.

The Coastal Fire Centre covers all 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.

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: http://www.bcwildfire.ca

Follow the latest wildfire news:

Contact:
Fire Information Officer
Coastal Fire Centre
BC Wildfire Service
250-951-4209

Connect with the Province of B.C. at www.gov.bc.ca/connect.

 

 

 

Coastal Fire Centre to enact a Category 2 and Category 3 open fire prohibition

May 17, 2024

PARKSVILLE – Effective at 12 p.m. (noon) PDT on Friday, May 17, 2024, most open burning activities will be prohibited throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction. This prohibition is being enacted to help reduce wildfire risk and protect public safety.

Category 2 and Category 3 open fires will be prohibited throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction. This prohibition will be in place until Oct. 31, 2024, or until the order is rescinded.

 

This prohibition applies to all public and private land, unless specified otherwise (e.g., in a local government bylaw). Residents are asked to check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire.

Specifically, this prohibition refers to the following activities:

Category 2 open fire” which means an open fire, other than a category 1 campfire, that:

  1. Burns material in one pile not exceeding 2 m in height and 3 m in width;
  2. Burns material concurrently in 2 piles each not exceeding 2 m in height and 3 m in width; or
  3. Burns stubble or grass over an area that does not exceed 0.2 ha.

Category 3 open fire” which means an open fire that burns:

  1. Material concurrently in 3 or more piles each not exceeding 2 m in height and 3 m in width;
  2. Material in one or more piles each exceeding 2 m in height or 3 m in width;
  3. One or more windrows, each not exceeding 200 m in length or 15 m in width; or
  4. Stubble or grass over an area exceeding 0.2 ha.

Also prohibited are the activities listed below (Wildfire Act, Section 12):

  • Fireworks;
  • Sky Lanterns;
  • Binary Exploding Targets;
  • Burn Barrels or Burn Cages of any size or description; and
  • Air Curtain Burners.

This prohibition does not apply to Category 1 campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller, or to cooking stoves that use gas, propane, or briquettes.

Anyone lighting a campfire must maintain a fireguard by removing flammable debris from around the campfire area and have a hand tool or at least eight litres of water available nearby to properly extinguish the fire.

The Coastal Fire Centre covers all 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.

Anyone found in contravention of an open fire prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $10,000 or, if convicted in court, 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.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire, or open fire violation, 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, visit the BC Wildfire Service website.

Follow the latest wildfire news:

Contact:
Fire Information Officer
Coastal Fire Centre
BC Wildfire Service
250-951-4209

Connect with the Province of B.C. at www.gov.bc.ca/connect

Congratulations Firefighter Stoettner!

Congratulations to Firefighter Alex Stoettner on achieving his NFPA 1001 Level 2 certificate! This is a significant accomplishment that reflects his commitment to excellence and dedication to the Otter Point Fire Department. Thank you, Alex, for your hard work and contributions to the Otter Point Fire Department. Your achievement is truly commendable, and we appreciate your ongoing commitment.