For all of those planning on getting away for the weekend for some much needed R&R in the woods, please be aware that there is a BC wide fire ban this weekend and moving forward until further notice. Please get out and enjoy everything that the beautiful BC woods have to offer without a fire. All smokers please be mindful of where you are putting your buts! There are many covered ashtray containers that put out the amber for you, please purchase these before you head away and take care of our beautiful green province.
Human-caused wildfires have been responsible for 69 percent of wildfires in the Coastal Fire Centre since April 1, the B.C. Wildfire Service said in a release. "Human-caused wildfires are entirely preventable, and can divert critical firefighting resources away from naturally occurring wildfires," the release said.
All open burning, including campfires, will be banned in most of western B.C effective Wednesday at noon PT. The B.C. Wildfire Service says the ban applies within the Coastal Fire Centre, which extends northwest from E.C. Manning Provincial Park to Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park and includes the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and Gulf Islands.
Haida Gwaii and the two kilometre-wide band known as the fog zone along the west coast of Vancouver Island are the only places currently exempt from the ban.