Campfire ban goes into effect July 3 in Southeast B.C.

Canada Day looks like your last opportunity for an outdoor campfire in much of Southeast B.C.

BC Wildfire Service poster explaining various fire types

Canada Day looks like your last opportunity for an outdoor campfire in much of Southeast B.C.

The BC Wildfire Service announced a campfire ban in the Southeast starting at noon on July 3.

With record-breaking weather just behind us, and more hot weather forecast in the coming weeks, all indications are the ban could be here to stay for some time.

According the the BC Wildfire Service, banned activities include:
* campfires, as defined in the wildfire regulation
* the burning of waste or other materials
* stubble or grass fires of any size over any area
* the use of fireworks, sky lanterns, tiki torches, chimineas, burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description
* the use of binary exploding targets
* the use of air curtain burners (forced air burning systems)

These prohibitions do not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, so long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres. The use of a campfire apparatus that does not meet these specifications is prohibited.

These prohibitions cover all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but do not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws and is serviced by a fire department. Please check with local authorities to see if any other burning restrictions are in place before lighting any fire.

The Southeast Fire Centre covers the area extending from the U.S. border in the south to Mica Dam in the north and from the Okanagan Highlands and Monashee Mountains in the west to the B.C.-Alberta border in the east. It includes the Selkirk Forest District and the Rocky Mountain Forest District.