Due to the fire danger rating being extreme, the Provincial government has issued an outdoor burning ban. Campfires are prohibited throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction (includes North Saanich), except the Haida Gwaii Forest District. This prohibition is being enacted to help reduce wildfire risk and protect public safety and will be in place until October 28, 2022, or until the order is rescinded.
The campfire prohibition does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or portable campfire devices that use briquettes, liquid, or gaseous fuel, provided they are CSA or ULC approved, and the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres.
Anyone who lights, fuels, or uses an open fire when a fire prohibition is in place or fails to comply with an open fire prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150 or, if convicted in court, be 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 subject to a penalty of up to $100,000 and ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.
Please stay safe and adhere to the Provincial fire ban.