S'mores no more: BC's new campfire ban includes Metro Vancouver

Aug 3 2022, 7:24 pm

On your next camping trip, gather around in a circle, narrate scary stories, and munch on pre-cooked snacks because you won’t be able to use a campfire to cook your s’mores or hot dogs.

Campfires will be prohibited along the BC coast, including the Lower Mainland, starting at noon on Thursday, August 4. The province says the ban is being taken up to help reduce the risk of wildfires in the province after a series of scorching hot days recently.Ā 

It will be in place until October 28, 2022.Ā 

More than 80 wildfires were sparked over the BC Day long weekend and several of them are burning out of control. BC Wildfire Service announced in a tweet late Tuesday that the campfire ban applies to all parks, private and Crown lands within the Coastal Fire Region.

The ban expands the current orders which restrictĀ category 2 and 3 open fires (put in place in mid-July) as well as the use of fireworks, sky lanterns, burn barrels, air curtain burners, and binary exploding targets.Ā 

An illegal fire could cost you some big bucks and even jail time. Anyone who fails to comply would have to cough up a $1,150 fine.

Plus, if your illegal campfire starts a wildfire, you could face an even bigger penalty, according to the province.Ā 

Coastal Fire Center Prohibition Areas map

Map of the affected areas /BC Wildfire Service

The ban will cover all the areas west of the highest point on the Coast Mountain Range from the US-Canada border at Manning Park, the Sunshine Coast, the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, and the Gulf Islands. Unhappy campers could make a quick trip to the Haida Gwaii islands, as campfires are still A-okay there.Ā 

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