Open fires allowed in region

NANAIMO – Coastal Fire Centre lifts ban on open fires in its jurisdiction.

Open fires are once 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, so residents should 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.

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.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, please visit www.bcwildfire.ca.