The Coastal Region (most of Vancouver Island except for the “fog zone” and south-west BC) is, as of noon on August 17, at Category 3, meaning all campfires are restricted. That release is published below.
Regions with their own fire hall can override the provincial rating. Otter Point has issued a notice that they too are following suit. Sooke Fire Rescue Service on Facebook notes that Sooke is not in the fog zone.
Fines are high. From the government post that follows the Otter Point information: “Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.”
Release from Otter Point: FIRE HAZARD – EXTREME
As of 12 noon, Wednesday August 17 , 2016, all Burning and Hazardous Activities Prohibited with in Otter Point Fire District.
When the Fire Hazard Rating is Extreme all burning as well as high risk * and industrial *activities are completely banned. This includes but not limited to :
- campfires, chainsaws , Tiki torches, fireworks, fire crackers, sky lanterns
- incinerators (such as burning barrels or cages) of any description or size
- land clearing, heavy equipment usage and other potential spark or fire producing activities
Does not apply to CSA – rated or ULC – rated cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes or to portable campfire apparatus that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, as long as the height of the flame is less than 15 cm (6 inches).
- For more detailed definitions of High Risk and Industrial activities, see t he Fire Regulation Bylaw which can be viewed on the Otter Point Fire Department website.
From Sooke Fire Rescue Service on Facebook
Release from Coastal Region
The Fog Zone is a band of land two kilometres wide that runs from Owen Point near Port Renfrew to the district boundary of Port Hardy.
Anyone lighting a campfire or conducting a Category 3 burn anywhere in the Coastal Fire Centre, with the exception of Haida Gwaii and the Fog Zone, must extinguish any such fires by noon on Aug. 17, 2016. The existing Category 2 open burning prohibition remains in place.
A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online at:http://ow.ly/jdO5301kS32
The Coastal Fire Centre is implementing the additional prohibitions due to increasing temperatures and because there is no precipitation currently forecasted for the region. This prohibition will remain in effect until Oct. 21, 2016 or the public is otherwise notified.
The following activities will not be allowed:
- campfires, as defined by the Wildfire Regulation (burning of woody debris)
- open fires (using woody debris) in an outdoor stove
- tiki torches
- 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)
The campfire ban and Category 3 prohibition cover all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands within the Coastal Fire Centre, with the exception of Haida Gwaii and the Fog Zone. They do not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has wildfire prevention bylaws in place and is serviced by a fire department.
These prohibitions do not apply to CSA-rated or ULC-rated cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, so long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres.
Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.
The Coastal Fire Centre covers all of the area west of the height of land on the Coast Mountain Range from the U.S.-Canada border at Manning Park, including Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park in the north, the Sunshine Coast, the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Haida Gwaii.
A map of the affected area is available online at: http://ow.ly/cL6L303gphO
To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: http://www.bcwildfire.ca
You can also follow the latest wildfire news on:
- Weekend Wisdom: Forests are tinder dry, fire hazard is extreme
- Otter Point, Coastal Region goes to Extreme fire rating
- Fireworks, sky lanterns still prohibited on B.C. coast
- Coastal Zone (incl Vancouver Island) fire restrictions, effective noon today
- Burning ban now in effect
- Sooke Fire tends to second fire incident Monday May 9
- Fire ban takes affect in Otter Point, 7pm this evening
- Small fire issue on Briarwood quickly contained, open burning restricted effective this evening
- Fire rating in Sooke is now HIGH
- Current fire rating in Sooke is Moderate
- First forest fire of the year reported, near Tugwell Creek
- Social media users report suspected carbon monoxide leaks at EMCS
- Fire season in Sooke begins
- Sooke PocketNews brings back the summer weather feature: Western Canada Smoke Forecast
- New wildfire fines came in effect on April 1
- Outdoor burning? Exercise caution
- General open burning in Sooke regulations