Fraser Valley/Victoria – As of Noon September 11, campfires will once again be allowed throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.
So the fall camping season won’t be a write-off, you can still roast weenies and make smores.
The use of tiki torches, chimineas, and stoves and portable campfire apparatuses that are not CSA-approved or ULC-approved will also be permitted. However, local governments may still have their own burning restrictions in place, so people should always check with local authorities before lighting any fire of any size.
The current prohibition on larger Category 2 and Category 3 open fires remains in effect throughout the Coastal Fire Centre, with the exception of the “fog zone” (see description below). This includes prohibitions on:
- stubble or grass burning of any size
- the use of sky lanterns
- the use of fireworks (including firecrackers)
- the use of burn barrels or burning cages of any size or description
- the use of binary exploding targets (e.g. for target practice)
A map showing the affected areas is available online at: http://ow.ly/xRb330lLsYU
Since April 1, there have been 135 human-caused wildfires within the Coastal Fire Centre, which is greater than the 10-year average. Human-caused wildfires are completely preventable and unnecessarily divert firefighting resources from naturally caused wildfires.