Ban on Campfires Reinstated Starting Thursday, June 29 at Noon
In accordance with the prohibition issued by the BC Wildfire Service, fire chiefs from Sunshine Coast fire departments in Gibsons, Roberts Creek, Sechelt, Halfmoon Bay, Pender Harbour and Egmont are advising residents that a campfire ban will be in effect as of 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Thursday, June 29 across the Sunshine Coast.
This includes all fires whether for warmth or cooking and all beach fires, burning barrels, fireworks, firecrackers and sky lanterns.
A great resource explaining the different categories of open burning is available here online.
The campfire prohibition does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or portable campfire devices that use briquettes, liquid, or gaseous fuel, provided they are CSA or ULC approved, and the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres.
This ban will be in place until Tuesday, October 31, 2023, or until the order is rescinded.
“We ask that the public please take this prohibition seriously, and also request that anyone who operates guest accommodations let their visitors know about the campfire ban,” says Matt Treit, Sunshine Coast Regional District Manager of Protective Services. “Additionally, we urge people who smoke to not toss cigarette butts and to be sure that they are fully extinguished before placing them into a fire-safe receptacle.”
Please contact your local fire department for more information at www.scrd.ca/fire-departments