The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development BC Wildfire Service has issued a rescind on the campfire ban for the Prince George and Northwest Fire Centres, effective Wednesday, July 28 2021 at 12:00 noon PDT.
Although fire danger ratings have declined in the region due to recent rainfall and cooler temperatures, the public is strongly encouraged to continue exercising extreme caution with campfire use. Before lighting any fire, check with local government authorities to see if any local burning restrictions are in place.
While campfires will be allowed, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires remain prohibited, including the use of fireworks, sky lanterns, burn barrels and burn cages. These restrictions will remain in place until October 15, 2021, or until the order is rescinded.
Reminders about campfires:
- A campfire is defined as any fire smaller than 0.5 metres high by 0.5 metres wide;
- Never light a campfire or keep it burning in windy conditions;
- Maintain a fireguard around your campfire; a fuel-free area where all flammable materials have been removed;
- Never leave a fire unattended;
- Make sure that any fire is completely extinguished, and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.
Other activities now permitted:
- The use of tiki and similar kinds of torches;
- The use of chimineas;
- The use of outdoor stoves or other portable campfire apparatus without a Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or Underwriter Laboratories of Canada (ULC) rating.