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After a bout of heavy rainfall hit the region this week, open fires will once again be allowed on Vancouver Island starting noon on Friday, September 25.

A ban on open fires in the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction—which includes Vancouver Island—went into effect in late July.

The rescinding of this ban means that campfires, Category 2 open fires, Category 3 open fires and resource management burns will be allowed once again.

The following fire-related activities will also be legal as of 12 p.m. Friday:

  • burning barrels and burning cages
  • air curtain burners
  • binary exploding targets
  • sky lanterns
  • fireworks, including firecrackers

“Although recent rainfall has reduced the wildfire risk in the region, members of the public are urged to undertake any open burning responsibly to reduce the likelihood of starting a wildfire,” reads a statement from the Ministry.

“Local governments may still have burning restrictions in place, so people should check with local authorities before lighting any fire of any size.”

The statement also offers tips to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires, including not burning in windy conditions, keeping water and tools to control the fire at hand, and never leaving a fire unattended.