Just in time for Labour Day weekend, campfires are once again permitted throughout Vancouver Island.
The Coastal Fire Centre is rescinding its campfire ban due to wetter conditions in recent days and rain is in the forecast, resulting in a decrease in wildfire risk in the region.
In addition, Category 2 open fires will now be permitted in the North Island-Central Coast Forest District, the Haida Gwaii Forest District and the “Fog Zone” – a band of land two kilometres wide that runs from Owen Point near Port Renfrew to the district boundary of Port Hardy.
Anyone who lights a fire must comply with air quality control legislation and must have sufficient personnel, water and tools on hand to stop the fire from escaping.
Campfires cannot be larger than a half-metre high by a half-metre wide. Anyone who lights a campfire must have a hand tool (such as a shovel) or at least eight litres of water available to fully extinguish it.
Never leave a campfire unattended and make sure that the ashes are completely cold to the touch before leaving the area.
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or non-compliant open burning, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or dial *5555 on a cellphone.
A poster explaining the different categories of open fires is available online.