It’s official. With this announcement by the Sooke Fire Rescue Service on Facebook, the campfire ban in Sooke is now lifted. The lifting of the ban came into effect at noon on August 28, 2015.
A Tweet from our Fire Chief provides more details.
Effective noon today campfires will again be permitted within the District of Sooke. 😀. Enjoy
— Steven Sorensen (@FireChiefSooke) August 28, 2015
Following are some safety reminders from an earlier publication from BC Wildfire Services, with tips on campfire use and a reminder of responsibilities and fines.
Safe campfire tips, from BC Wildfire Services[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]Here’s some important information about campfire use, if campfires are allowed in your area:
- Have a shovel or at least eight litres of water available nearby to properly extinguish your campfire.
- Campfires may not be larger than 0.5 metres high by 0.5 metres wide.
- Do not light a campfire or keep it burning in windy conditions. Weather can change quickly and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material.
- You must maintain a one-metre fireguard around the campfire. This is a fuel-free area where all flammable materials (grass, kindling, etc.) have been removed.
- Never leave a campfire unattended.
- Make sure that the campfire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time. You may be held accountable for damages and fire suppression costs if your negligence results in a wildfire.
The provincial government thanks the public for its help in preventing wildfires. To report a wildfire, an unattended campfire or an open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or call *5555 on a cellphone.
Anyone found in contravention of a fire prohibition may be issued a ticket for $345, 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.
For the latest information on fire activity, conditions and prohibitions, visit the BC Wildfire Service website.
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