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Open fire prohibition  now in effect

Open fire prohibition now in effect

Effective June 3, 2014, the size of open fires will be restricted in the Coastal Fire Centre (which includes the Sunshine Coast) to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect the public. This prohibition will remain in effect until Oct. 15, 2014, or the public is otherwise notified. This prohibition covers all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands within the Coastal Fire Centre, with the exception of Haida Gwaii and the area known as the ‘Fog Zone.’ Specific activities affected by this prohibition include: the burning of any material, piled or unpiled, smaller than two metres in height and three metres in width; the burning of stubble or grass over an area less than 2,000 square metres (0.2 hectares); the use of burning barrels of any size or description. This prohibition does not ban campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller and does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes. 

Anyone found in contravention of an open fire prohibition may be fined $345 or, if convicted in court, may be fined up to $100,000 and sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person may be subject to a penalty of up to $10,000 and ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

Before lighting any fire, residents should check with local civic authorities regarding any current prohibitions.

Open burning is prohibited in the Town of Gibsons at any time. Open burning is prohibited in the District of Sechelt with the exception of garden refuse during the period Oct 15 – 31 This period may be amended, restricted or suspended due to fire hazard risk upon recommendation of the Fire Chief.  Campfires and ceremonial fires are permitted year round subject to certain requirements as noted in s. 5 and 6 of the attached bylaw, and providing they are not in contravention of any regulations issued by the Fire Department or other provincial jurisdictions.

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 nearby to properly extinguish the fire. For information about open burning and tips on making responsible burning decisions, please read the guides to open burning at: http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/Bans.asp

For the latest information on fire activity, conditions and prohibitions, visit the Wildfire Management Branch website at: www.bcwildfire.ca Follow the latest wildfire news on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo or on Facebook at: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or call *5555 on your cellphone.

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