Effective at 4 p.m. on Aug. 12, 2014, campfires and open burning will be prohibited in some areas of the Northwest Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.
This prohibition will remain in place until Sept. 15 or until the public is otherwise notified.
The following activities will be prohibited in the Nadina and Bulkley Fire Zones, and the Skeena Fire Zone with the exception of the former North Coast District. A map of the affected areas is available online at: http://bit.ly/1oZfilE
- campfires, as defined in the Wildfire Regulation
- Category 2 open fires
- Category 3 open fires
- outdoor stoves and other portable campfire apparatuses that are not CSA or ULC approved
- tiki torches
- burn barrels
- sky lanterns
This prohibition does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes. It also does not apply to a portable campfire apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, with a flame height of 15 centimetres or less. The use of a portable campfire apparatus that does not meet these conditions is prohibited.
These prohibitions cover all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but do not apply within the boundaries of local governments that have forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by fire departments. Please check with civic authorities for any other restrictions before lighting a fire.
The fire danger rating in the Northwest Fire Centre currently ranges from “moderate” to “extreme” and is expected to increase in the coming days due to forecasted hot and dry weather conditions. Wildfire Management Branch personnel face increasing levels of fire activity from naturally caused wildfires, so it is imperative that preventable, human-caused fires do not add to that workload.
Anyone found in contravention of an open fire prohibition may be issued a ticket for $345 or, if convicted in court, 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 may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.
To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free 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
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Fire Information Officer
Wildfire Management Branch
Northwest Fire Centre