Hot weather, lack of rain prompt campfire ban in B.C.'s Coastal Fire Centre

By The Canadian Press
July 5, 2017 - 10:24am

PARKSVILLE, B.C. — Parched conditions on British Columbia’s west coast has prompted a campfire ban.

The BC Wildfire Service says all open fires, including campfires, will be banned across the Coastal Fire Centre starting on Thursday, although gas, propane or briquette cooking stoves are still permitted.

Only Haida Gwaii and the fog zone, a thin strip along the western edge of Vancouver Island, are exempt from the ban.

The service says in a news release that a stretch of hot weather, with no rain in the forecast, has forced the ban which covers the entire south and central coasts and extends east to Manning Provincial Park and north to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park.

The prohibition will remain in effect until Oct. 21, 2017 or until further notification.

Violators face fines ranging from $1,150 to $10,000 and a year in jail, and if a campfire or other burning contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

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