HIGH FIRE DANGER

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Monitor the BC Wildfire Service for up-to-date information on wildfires in BC.

Make sure you and your home are prepared for emergencies. Visit PreparedBC for information on how to prepare for an emergency. Visit FireSmart Canada for information on reducing the risk of fire and protecting your home and community.

Burning Ban

All open burning (including campfires, Category 2, and Category 3 fires) is prohibited within Mission and across the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, with the exception of Haida Gwaii and the area known as the fog zone.

The ban within Mission now includes a ban on the use of charcoal briquettes in public spaces including parks, greenspaces, and in the Tree Farm (TFL#26) & Stave West Forest & Recreation Area.

The burning ban also prohibits the use of open fires for cooking, warmth or ceremonial purposes including Recreational Backyard Fire Pits.

The following activities are also prohibited:

  • Open fires that burn woody debris in outdoor stoves
  • The use of stoves and other portable campfire apparatuses that are not CSA-approved or ULC-approved
  • The use of tiki torches, fireworks, firecrackers, sky lanterns, chimineas, burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description
  • The use of binary exploding targets (e.g. for rifle target practice)
  • Burning in back yard fire pits, regardless of permit.

These prohibitions do not apply to CSA-rated or ULC-rated cooking stoves that use gas or propane or to a CSA-rated or ULC-rated portable campfire apparatus provided the flame is at least 30 cm off the ground and the flame is less than 15 centimetres tall.

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

The Coastal Fire Centre covers all of the area west of the height of land on the Coast Mountain Range from the U.S.-Canada border at Manning Park, including Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park in the north, the Sunshine Coast, the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Haida Gwaii.

Visit the BC Wildfire Service website for more information

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