Campfires prohibited in B.C. starting June 30


The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development BC Wildfire Service has issued a prohibition on campfires, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires for the entire province of British Columbia, effective Wednesday, June 30 2021. The prohibition will remain in effect until noon on October 15, 2021, or until the order is rescinded.

Fire bans and restrictions are implemented to help protect the population of, and property and values in, British Columbia. With the record-breaking high temperatures throughout B.C. this week on the heels of a spring with lower than average precipitation in the southern half of the province, the BC Wildfire Service is taking these additional precautions very seriously and will continue to monitor the forecast and weather conditions carefully.

In addition to campfires, Category 2, and Category 3 open fires, the following activities are also prohibited:

  • The use of fireworks
  • The use of sky lanterns
  • The use of burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description
  • The use of binary exploding targets
  • The use of tiki and similar kinds of torches
  • The use of chimineas (outdoor fireplaces)
  • The use of outdoor stoves or other portable campfire apparatus without a Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or Underwriter Laboratories of Canada (ULC) rating
  • The use of air curtain burners in Cariboo, Northwest, Prince George an

Please Note: Fire bans and restrictions apply to all public and private land, unless specified otherwise. A campfire is defined as any fire smaller than 0.5 metres high by 0.5 metres wide.

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