Campfire ban lifted

NANAIMO – Coastal Fire Centre and city lift campfire ban. Cooking fires allowed on private property within city limits.

The provincial Coastal Fire Centre and the city lifted a campfire ban this week that had been in place since mid July.

The province lifted the ban Thursday and the city followed suit permitting cooking fires within city limits.Cooking fires within city limits are only allowed on private property, including private campground operations.

There is still a ban on backyard burning and the Regional District of Nanaimo is also keeping its campfire bans in place at Descanso Bay Regional Park and Horne Lake Regional Park.

Smoking is also not permitted in regional or community parks, including trails, within the regional district.

“It is still dry and warm and until we receive substantial rainfall we ask the public to be very careful with cooking fires,” said Capt. Ennis Mond of Nanaimo Fire Rescue. “We also want to remind residents to be careful on how they discard smoking materials and to make sure that all burning materials are completely extinguished before disposal.”