Campfires still banned in Gulf Islands

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While campfires will be allowed in some parts of the B.C. coast as of Friday at noon, Salt Spring and the Gulf Islands is not one of those areas. 

“It does not apply to us,” said Salt Spring Fire Rescue Capt. Mitchell Sherrin on Thursday in referring to the lifting of the campfire ban.  

The local fire danger rating is still at “Extreme,” he noted.

An official notice from the B.C. Wildfire Service  (BCWS) states that the campfire prohibition will be lifted in all regions of the Coastal Fire Centre jurisdiction except for the South island Resource District area, which covers the southern third of Vancouver Island, the Southern Gulf Islands and other islands in the Strait of Georgia from Denman and Hornby south. 

All other Category 2 and Category 3 open fires remain prohibited on the coast, including the use of fireworks, sky lanterns, burn barrels and burn cages, states the BCWS. These restrictions will remain in place until Oct. 15 or until the order is rescinded.

3 Comments
  1. Nancy Vieira says

    An official notice from the B.C. Wildfire Service (BCWS) states that the campfire prohibition will be lifted in all regions of the Coastal Fire Centre jurisdiction September 16, 2021 due to rainfall. How do I check with local governments on their specific area permissions? N

    1. Gail Sjuberg says

      Hi — See the http://www.saltspringfire.com website for the latest info. We have inquired with Salt Spring Fire Rescue to determine if the lifting of the prohibition affects Salt Spring Island but we have not yet heard back from them as of 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 15th. All will be made clear soon, we assume.

    2. Gail Sjuberg says

      Hi again — SS Fire Rescue has advised that campfires will be allowed as of noon on Thursday, Sept. 16th and the website will be updated shortly.

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