Campfire ban in effect throughout the District of Squamish

As of Thursday, July 6, 2017 at noon

Effective Thursday, July 6 at 12 p.m., a campfire ban has been issued by Squamish Fire Rescue within the District of Squamish. The escalating hot and dry conditions have raised the fire hazard, prompting the campfire ban to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires. All open fires including campfires within the District of Squamish will now be prohibited. The high fire danger rating has also prompted restrictions on some high risk activities within the District.

This ban follows the lead from the Coastal Fire Centre who has implemented a campfire prohibition that covers all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands outside of areas covered by local fire prevention bylaw. The Coastal Fire Centre prohibition will remain in effect until October 21, 2017 or until otherwise notified. 

The following uses will not be allowed:

  • Campfires, as defined by the wildfire regulation (burning of woody debris less than 0.5 metres high by 0.5 metres wide);
  • Tiki torches;
  • The use of fireworks, firecrackers, sky lanterns, burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description;
  • The use of binary exploding targets (e.g. for rifle target practice).

This prohibition does not apply to CSA-rated or ULC-rated cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, so long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres. Current campfire permits are suspended until further notice.

The District is also under a high-risk activity restriction within the wildland interface. After three consecutive days of a “High” rating, high-risk activity by any business, contractor, facility or their operations within the interface (within 10 metres) shall cease at 13:00 hours each day. Construction project managers should contact Squamish Fire Rescue at SFR@squamish.ca to discuss their projects and appropriate fire safety measures.

 “The current dry conditions create a tinderbox scenario for a carelessly tossed cigarette, sparks from a chainsaw, or a hot exhaust pipe coming into contact with grass, and so extra vigilance is required,” says Squamish Fire Chief Bill Stoner. “Please be extra careful and on the lookout for spot fires, and call 911 immediately. Quick action by the public can make a huge difference in how quickly emergency response teams can take control of the situation.”

The public should call 911 immediately if they spot grass or bush fires, or if there appears to be an abandoned campfire.

Please contact Squamish Fire Rescue at 604.898.9666 for further information. Call 911 to report fire. For the latest information on current wildfire activity throughout the province, visit the BC Wildfire website

July 05, 2017

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