The City of Port Alberni has implemented a total fire ban due to the increased risk of wildfires, effective at noon on Thursday, June 8.
A wildfire has been burning out of control several kilometres east of Port Alberni, at Cameron Bluffs near Angel Rock on Highway 4. As of Thursday afternoon, the fire was listed at 180 hectares on the BC Wildfire map.
The ban applies to all public and private land within city limits, unless otherwise specified in local legislation. The ban includes all open burning, as well as burning barrels, fireworks, sky lanterns and torches.
People found to be in violation of the fire ban may be subject to fines and other legal action.
“The City of Port Alberni thanks everyone for their understanding and compliance with these crucial restrictions, as we work together to protect our beautiful community and forested lands from the risk of wildfires,” said Mayor Sharie Minions in a statement.
This ban comes at the same time that the Coastal Fire Centre has enacted a campfire and open fire ban, with the exception of Haida Gwaii Forest District.
Tseshaht First Nation has also declared a ban on all campfires on its reserve and within its territory.