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Regional District
June 6th, 2017
June 6th, 2017

Some Open Burns to be Restricted in Coastal Fire Centre

Effective at noon on June 7, 2017

For Immediate Release  
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
BC Wildfire Service

Some open burns to be restricted in Coastal Fire Centre

June 6, 2017
PARKSVILLE Effective at noon on June 7, 2017, Category 2 open fires will be prohibited throughout the Coastal Fire Centre´s jurisdiction, except in Haida Gwaii and the Fog Zone to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

This prohibition will remain in effect until Oct. 20, 2017 or until the public is otherwise notified.

A map of the affected area is available online at: http://ow.ly/zmy830cl1sg

This prohibition covers all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands within the Coastal Fire Centre.

Specifically, this prohibition applies to:
- the burning of any material (piled or unpiled) smaller than two metres high and   three metres wide
- the burning of stubble or grass fires over an area less than 2,000 square metres
- the use of fireworks, firecrackers, sky lanterns, burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description
- the use of binary exploding targets (e.g. for rifle target practice)

This prohibition does not ban campfires that are smaller than a half-metre high by a half-metre wide, or apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes. A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online at: http://ow.ly/znny309kJv5

People lighting a campfire must maintain a fireguard by removing flammable debris from the campfire area and they must have a hand tool or at least eight litres of water available nearby to properly extinguish the fire. Ensure that the fire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.

Anyone lighting larger fires (Category 3 fires) or more than two fires of any size must comply with open burning regulations and must first obtain a burn registration number by calling 1 888 797-1717. They must also check venting conditions before lighting the fire. If the venting conditions in the area are rated poor or fair open burning is restricted. The venting index can be obtained by calling 1 888 281-2992 or visiting:
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/venting/venting.html

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 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.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 tollfree or *5555 on a cellphone.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: http://www.bcwildfire.ca

You can also follow the latest wildfire news on:
Twitter at: twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo
Facebook at: facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

Contact:
Donna MacPherson or Marg Drysdale
Fire Information Officers
BC Wildfire Service
Coastal Fire Centre
250 951-4209


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