The campfire ban in Campbell River is coming to an end. At 12:00 pm tomorrow, Sept. 10th, it’s being lifted.
According to fire chief Thomas Doherty, this change comes thanks to recent rainfall and a lowered fire danger rating.
“We’ve been monitoring the fire danger rating over the past few days and we’ve reached a danger rating of low,” Doherty tells My Campbell River Now. “Looking into the forecast and the precipitation that we’ve received, we’re now at a place where we can lift the ban.”
However, Doherty says there’s still a ban on open burning that does not fall into the recreational fire category.
Defined as any fire smaller than a half-meter high by a half-meter wide, the Coastal Fire Centre says campfires should always have a fireguard, should never be left unattended, and should never be lit in windy conditions.
Last week, the Coastal Fire actually lifted the campfire ban for areas on Vancouver Island north of Union Bay. But fire information officer, Julia Caranici told us that it’s ultimately up to each local municipality or regional district.
“Any municipal authority or regional district can impose its own restrictions, and those supersede those of the BC Wildfire Service. While we have a general lifting of the campfire ban, it’s always up to the regional authorities to make their own call on that,” Caranci said.
For more details about recreational fires, visit the City’s website.