Effective at noon on Wednesday, June 30, the City of Campbell River is implementing a total fire ban. The ban applies to all recreational fires, including campfires and beach fires anywhere within the City. The ban prohibits all open burning and the use of items such as fireworks, sky lanterns, torches, and burning barrels.
The total fire ban follows record breaking temperatures across British Columbia, lower than average precipitation, and rapidly increasing fire danger ratings.
“We know people love to have campfires and beach fires in the summer, but the fire risk is too great,” says fire chief Thomas Doherty. “We appreciate everyone’s assistance in doing their part to prevent fires in our community.”
The fire ban does not apply to CSA or ULC-rated outdoor stoves or other portable campfire apparatus.
People found in contravention of the fire ban may be subject to fines and legal action in accordance with municipal bylaws and provincial regulations.
Residents can report recreational fires by calling the fire department’s non-emergency line at 250-286-6266. In an emergency, dial 9-1-1. For more information visit www.campbellriver.ca/fire-restrictions.
### Contact: Thomas Doherty, Fire Chief 250-286-6266
Total Fire Ban June-2021