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North Vancouver District bans all cooking in local parks, forests due to fire danger

Last Updated Jul 27, 2021 at 1:46 pm PDT

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Cooking of any kind inside North Vancouver District parks, trails now banned

Fire danger rating across Metro Vancouver is now extreme

NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As the weather continues to heat up and the rain shows no signs of emerging anytime soon, the District of North Vancouver has become the latest municipality to tighten restrictions over fire concerns.

Capt. Conrad Breakey with District of North Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services says cooking of any kind inside district parks or trails is now banned. He notes the fire danger rating in his community and across Metro Vancouver is now extreme.

“We’re stepping up our park patrols, especially with all the trails and outdoor access we have to the public, and the high usage we have in the summer,” Breakey said.

“Smoking is banned, of course, in district parks and trails,” he added. “But if smoking does occur or there’s any source of ignition of heat, dispose of it properly and make sure that it is absolutely out.”

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Breakey says the lack of rain in the forecast is a big concern.

“We certainly are quite dry at the moment, and we expect it to get even worse throughout the summer. We’re just into July right now. We still have August and historically, September is quite dry, as well,” he explained.

The District of North Vancouver has also hired additional park rangers this summer to bolster their fire patrols.