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An open fire ban is now in effect in certain parts of Vancouver Island, effective noon Friday, May 18.

There’s no campfire ban, though!

Category 2 open burns will be prohibited throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, with the exception of the Haida Gwaii Natural Resource District and the “Fog Zone.”

A Category 2 prohibition applies to:

  • the burning of any material (piled or unpiled) smaller than two metres high and three metres wide;
  • the burning of stubble or grass fires over an area less than 2,000 square metres;
  • the use of fireworks, firecrackers, sky lanterns, burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description;
  • the use of binary exploding targets (e.g. for rifle target practice).

A map of the affected areas is included below:

(bc.gov.ca)