Campfire ban to be rescinded in northwest

Today, July 22 at noon, fire officials plan to lift the ban on campfires in the northwest, however, open burning bans remain in effect.

At noon today, July 22, campfires will be allowed again in the northwest area, say regional fire officials.

The announcement comes as a result of the wet weather over the past few weeks which greatly reduced the fire risk after record-breaking temperatures forced the prohibition of all burning in the area earlier this month.

The city has also lifted their ban on campfires within the municipality, however people must still follow the restrictions outlined by the northwest fire officials.

The ban on campfires at Ferry Island was lifted by the city last week.

Fire officials in the northwest are now allowing campfires that are no larger than 0.5 metres high by 0.5 meters wide, all campstoves, tiki torches, burn barrels, and chimineas.

However, officials remind the public that backyard burning, larger fires, fireworks, and firecrackers remain prohibited as there is still a risk of wildfire.

“The fire danger rating in the northwest currently ranges from low to high. In areas with a ‘high’ fire danger rating, there is a serious wildfire risk,” said fire information officer Olivia Pojar.

She urges to public to remember to remove flammable debris from around the campfire and fully extinguish the fire (ensuring that the ashes are cold to the touch) before leaving the area.

Anyone reported in contravention of the ban on open-burning may face hefty fines and, if convicted in court, may get up to a one-year jail term.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, phone 1-800-663-5555 or dial *5555 on your cellphone.