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The BC Wildfire Service will be lifting campfires bans on Vancouver Island this week.

As of noon Tuesday, September 20th, all campfire bans in the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction will be lifted. This includes Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and the Lower Mainland.

Along with campfires, this means the use of tiki torches, chimineas, stoves and portable campfire apparatuses will also be permitted.

There is still a ban on Category 2 and Category 3 fires. These include:

  • stubble or grass burning of any size
  • the use of sky lanterns
  • the use of fireworks (including firecrackers)
  • the use of burn barrels or burning cages of any size or description
  • the use of binary exploding targets (e.g. for target practice)

“Although the fire danger has declined in the Coastal Fire Centre due to recent rainfall and cooler, more seasonal temperatures, the public is strongly encouraged to continue exercising extreme caution with any campfire,”  the BC Wildfire Service said in a statement.

“It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure that burning is done in a safe and responsible manner and in accordance with regulations. Before lighting any fire, check with local government authorities to see if any local burning restrictions are in place.”

The fire ban on Vancouver Island has been in place since August 4th, following several prolong heatwaves. At the time, the prohibition was to remain in effect until October 15th.

As of this publication, there are 174 active wildfires in the province, including 46 in the Coastal Fire Centre.

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