As many of us know, July was a hot month with 30 consecutive days of sunshine. So it was no surprise that on before the August long weekend, it was announced that open fires along BC’s south coast are banned. Fires were banned to prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. Even though this means that many of us campers will have to do without building our own campfires to roast marshmallows and make s’morers, we can still pack portable campfire devices.
The ban applies to all BC parks, Crown and private lands, but not within municipalities that have their own bylaws and fire departments. It applies to fires, industrial burning, fireworks, tiki torches, sky lanterns and burning barrels, but do not apply to cooking stoves or portable campfire devices using gas, propane or briquettes.
Failure to follow fire regulations could result in a $345 fine and an additional $345 find would be levied for campfires lit during a ban. The fire ban will continue until October 15, 2013 unless the public is notified otherwise. So do not light open campfires and take special care when camping the rest of the summer. Never leave a fire unattended as it takes just one spark to fly and catch a whole forest on fire.