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B.C. campfire ban coming into effect Wednesday

Last Updated Jun 28, 2021 at 6:33 pm PDT

(Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130)

B.C. is bringing in the ban due to record-breaking high temperatures, lower than average precipitation forecast

Violating a fire ban can result in a fine of $1,150, jailtime, bill for firefighting costs

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — British Columbia’s seasonal campfire ban is coming into effect on Wednesday at noon, and will remain in effect until at least mid-October.

The province is bringing in the ban due to record-breaking high temperatures in the forecast, along with lower than average precipitation.

“These conditions are expected to persist in the coming weeks,” says a statement from the BC Wildfire Service.

“Camping is a long-standing tradition in this province. The B.C. government recognizes that people also enjoy having campfires, so it takes any decision to implement a campfire ban very seriously.”

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A campfire is defined by size, not location — so any fire smaller than 0.5 metres high by 0.5 metres wide” qualifies.

Category 2 and 3 burning restrictions are already in place, which covers things like fireworks, sky lanterns, chimineas, and tiki torches.

Penalties for violating these band range from a $1,150 ticket to jail time. If found to have sparked a wildfire, the person who violated the burning ban can be billed for “all firefighting and associated costs.”