June 27, 2013 - 12:42 PM
Going camping over the long weekend? Remember the rules around campfire safety.
Although large-scale open burning is now prohibited in many regions of the province, small, contained campfires are currently permitted in all six B.C. fire centres. Detailed information about burning restrictions in B.C. is available on the Wildfire Management Branch website at: http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/Bans.asp
Here's some important information about campfire use:
* Always find out if any open burning prohibitions are in effect on
the Wildfire Management Branch website: www.bcwildfire.ca
* If campfires are allowed in your area, bring a shovel or keep at
least eight litres of water nearby to properly extinguish your
* Campfires cannot be larger than 0.5 metres in height and 0.5 metres
* Do not light a campfire or keep it burning in windy conditions.
Weather can change quickly and the wind may carry embers to other
combustible material and start new fires.
* You must maintain a one-metre fireguard around the campfire. This is
a fuel-free area where all flammable materials (grass, kindling, etc.)
have been removed.
* Never leave a campfire unattended.
* Make sure that the campfire is completely extinguished and the ashes
are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.
Also ensure that cigarette butts are properly extinguished and are not
tossed away carelessly.
* You may be held accountable for damages and fire suppression costs
if your negligence results in a wildfire.
Natural resource officers will be patrolling campsites and recreation
areas over the weekend to ensure that people are following campfire
Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve
"It's important to respect the use of fire. Once you start a campfire,
you are legally responsible for making sure it doesn't escape and that
it is completely extinguished before you leave the area."
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 be ordered to pay all firefighting and
The Province thanks the public for its help in preventing wildfires.
To report a wildfire or an unattended campfire, call 1 800 663-5555
toll-free or call *5555 on your cellphone.
For the latest information on fire activity, conditions and
prohibitions, visit the Wildfire Management Branch website:
You can also follow the latest wildfire news:
* On Twitter at: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo
* On Facebook at: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo
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