Campfire Regulations for BC Day Long Weekend

Going camping? The BC Ministry of Environment says: “Do it responsibly and don’t get fined.”

As British Columbians head out camping and hiking to celebrate BC Day, it’s extremely important the great outdoors are enjoyed responsibly. Compliance and enforcement officers, conservation officers and recreation officers will be on patrol this weekend, ensuring people are following campfire safety regulations.

The regulations, introduced last summer, state that campfires cannot be larger than 0.5 metres in height and 0.5 metres in diameter (approximately a foot-and-a-half by a foot-and-a-half) and a shovel or at least eight litres of water must be stored nearby to completely extinguish the fire. If a metal campfire ring is not available, a fireguard must be built by scraping down to the dirt and clearing away potentially flammable debris, such as twigs, leaves and needles.

Failure to comply can result in a $345 fine; an additional $345 fine can be levied if a campfire is lit during a ban. Anyone who causes a wildfire through arson or recklessness can be fined up to $1 million or spend three years in prison and be held responsible for suppression costs.

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson said, “Campfires are still allowed in the province, but please remember that wildfires can start in an instant. As we move into the hotter, drier summer months, be extremely cautious with any source of flame, including cigarettes, candles and tiki torches, when camping, hiking or otherwise enjoying B.C.’s backcountry.”

 

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