Ban on Campfires Lifted Effective June 21 at noon
The Provincial Coastal Fire Centre has advised that the campfire ban has been lifted for the Sunshine Coast effective Wednesday, June 21, 2023 at noon.
Despite this, Fire Chiefs from Sunshine Coast fire departments in Gibsons, Roberts Creek, Sechelt, Halfmoon Bay, Pender Harbour and Egmont are asking for extreme caution from our community should you be considering having a campfire. It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure that burning is done in a safe and responsible manner and in accordance with regulations.
Reminders about campfires:
- 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
While campfires will be allowed on the Sunshine Coast, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires remain prohibited, including the use of fireworks, sky lanterns, burn barrels and burn cages. These restrictions will remain in place until October 31, 2023, or until the order is rescinded. Open burning continues to be restricted at all times within the Town of Gibsons.
A poster explaining the different categories of open burning and applicable regulations is available online: Open Burning Regulations
Please contact your local fire department for more information at www.scrd.ca/fire-departments