This Friday campfires will be banned in all BC Parks due to the dry conditions of forest timber. The ban includes most of Vancouver Island, except a two-kilometre stretch along the island’s outer coast, and spans the mainland from the Lower Mainland to the Coast Mountains [CBC News].
It should also be noted that the risk of forest fires exists not only in campgrounds and Provincial recreation areas, but in our local parks and backyards as well. It seems as though each summer there is a small fire in a hollowed out stump in Stanley Park due to a discarded cigarette butt or attempted camp fire.
Here’s how you can be fire safe locally and around the Province:
If you see something smoking or smoldering in the forest, you can report it right away by calling *5555 (mobile) or 1-800-663-5555.
Current forest fire danger rating
Current forest fires
Recreation Sites and Trails BC
BC Forest Fire Information – FireSafe BC