Parksville: Following rainfall and cooler conditions, Category 1 fires (campfires) will once again permitted in the Sea to Sky Resource District, Sunshine Coast Resource District, the Chilliwack Resource District, and the portion of the Central Coast Regional District that falls within the North Island Central Coast Resource District from Wednesday afternoon. 

BC Wildfire Services said this change will be implemented due to cooler conditions and rainfall, which has reduced the fire danger rating in these areas. However, if conditions change, prohibitions may once again be enacted, the agency added.

According to officials, campfires will remain prohibited on Vancouver Island and most Gulf Islands, along with tiki and similar kinds of torches and chimineas, until October 31, or until the order is rescinded.

“Category 2 and Category 3 fires will remain prohibited throughout the Coastal Fire Centre, and effective at noon Pacific Daylight Time on Wednesday, June 21, will also include the Haida Gwaii Resource District. This prohibition is being enacted to help prevent human caused wildfires and protect public safety and will be in place until Tuesday, October 31, or until the order is rescinded,” the BC Wildfire Services said. 

Under Category 2 and Category 3 prohibition, Fireworks; Sky Lanterns; Burn Barrels or Burn Cages of any size or description; Binary Exploding Targets and Air curtain burners are restricted.

“The use of outdoor stoves is not prohibited. As per the Wildfire Regulation, an outdoor stove is a CSA-rated or ULC-rated device used outdoors for cooking, heat or ambiance that burns charcoal briquettes, liquid fuel or gaseous fuel, and has a flame height that is less than 15 cm tall,” the BC Wildfire Services said. 

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