Open burning is now permitted in the Coastal Fire Centre.

Open fire ban lifted for Alberni Valley

All open fires are again permitted throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.

All open fires are again permitted throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction. Tiki torches, burn barrels, fireworks, sky lanterns and binary exploding targets are also permitted. Accumulated rain and cooler temperatures has reduced the wildfire risk in the region.

Local governments may still have their own burning restrictions in place, always check with local authorities before lighting any fire of any size.

Anyone lighting a Category 3 fire must first obtain a burn registration number by calling 1 888 797-1717. A Category 3 fire is a fire that burns: material more than two metres high or three metres wide; stubble or grass over more than 2,000 square metres; or more than two piles of any size.

A poster explaining the different categories of open fires is available online at http://ow.ly/jdO5301kS32

Anyone who lights a fire must comply with air quality control legislation and must have sufficient personnel, water and tools on hand to stop the fire from escaping.

The BC Wildfire service is asking people to take the following precautions with any permitted outdoor burning:

• Ensure that enough people, water and tools are on hand to control the fire and to prevent it from escaping.

• Do not burn in windy conditions. The weather can change quickly and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material and start new fires

• Create a fireguard around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material

• Never leave a fire unattended

• Make sure that your fire is fully extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before you leave the area for any length of time.

The Coastal Fire Centre covers all of the area west of the height of land on the Coast Mountain Range from the U.S.-Canada border at Manning Park, including Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park in the north, the Sunshine Coast, the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Haida Gwaii. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to www.bcwildfire.ca.

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