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Important: 🔥Fire Restrictions in Effect – Summer 2024

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Check this page for latest updates on fire bans, restrictions, and other news for Campbell River

Announcement: BC Wildfire Services have enacted category 2 and 3 fire restrictions in the Coastal Fire Centre, covering Campbell River and Vancouver Island. Open burning is prohibited except for campfires.

Full Details on These Fire Restrictions:

BC Wildfire enacted category 2 and 3 fire restrictions in the Coastal Fire Centre as of May 17. This means open burning is prohibited except for campfires.

This covers Campbell River and the rest of Vancouver Island.

Specifically, the ban covers the area from Haida Gwaii to Vancouver Island at the western edge and Tweedsmuir to Manning Park on the eastern border.

🔥There is no campfire ban… yet. (as of May 20, 2024)

Still allowed:

  • Campfires/beach fires no larger than .5 metre high by .5 metre wide (until Jun 8th)
  • Cooking stoves
  • BBQs

Before lighting a fire of any size, please check with your local jurisdiction (municipality, First Nations, etc.) as they may have their own restrictions in place.

BC Costal Fire Centre

Fines for Violating Fire Restrictions

Remember fire restrictions are serious! Ban violators could face serious consequences, such as:

  • A fine of $1,150
  • An additional penalty of up to $10,000
  • If found guilty in court, a fine of up to $100,000 and/or up to one year in jail

If your actions cause or help start a wildfire, you may have to pay for all firefighting costs. You might also be responsible for damages to government property, which can be very expensive.

Last year, the City of Campbell River banned all beach fires and campfires starting in early June — let’s hope for better this year. Stay safe and smart with your fires!

Here’s a link the Information Bulletin by BC Wildfire Service about these restrictions.

Latest BC Fire News

To stay up-to-date on fire bans and news, BC Wildfire’s has an app & also run a few social media accounts with bulletins.

You can download the free BC Wildfire Service app for Apple and Android, or see their Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Contact an Information Officer
Coastal Fire Centre

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