As of September 3, 2021, campfire bans in Coastal Fire Centre regions have been lifted, except in the South Island Forest District area. The map below shows the areas where campfires are permitted.
Although fire danger ratings have decreased, we should always follow safe fire practices to protect our lands. Always check restrictions before lighting a fire of any size. Visit www.bcwildfire.ca for more information.
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire, or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone.
In addition to campfires, the following items are permitted throughout the Coastal Fire Centre area (except for the South Island Forest District)
- Tiki and similar kinds of torches;
- Chimineas; and
- Outdoor stoves or other portable campfire apparatus.
Category 2 and Category 3 open fires are not allowed. This includes: fireworks, sky lanterns, burn barrels, and burn cages. These restrictions will remain in place until October 15, 2021, or until the order is rescinded.
Campfire reminders and regulations
- A campfire is defined as any fire smaller than 0.5 metres high by 0.5 metres wide.
- Never light a campfire or keep it burning in windy conditions. Weather can change quickly and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material.
- Maintain a fireguard around your campfire. This is a fuel-free area where all flammable materials (grass, leaves, kindling, etc.) have been removed right down to the soil.
- Never leave a fire unattended.
- Make sure that any fire is completely extinguished, and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.
More information about fire categories and fire regulations is available at www.gov.bc.ca/openfireregs.