Bans now in effect for entire Sunshine Coast

Campfires are now banned in all areas of the Sunshine Coast as the fire rating is reaching extreme on a daily basis.

"That bit of rain we had was helpful, but in the dry areas it tends to dry up really quick and the dew overnight helps some but by 11 a.m. everything's dry again," said Sechelt fire Chief Bill Higgs.

article continues below

He said Sechelt is the last jurisdiction to put the ban into effect starting Friday, Aug. 9 at noon. Gibsons, Halfmoon Bay, Pender Harbour and Roberts Creek have been under a campfire ban for nearly a week now, Higgs said.

"We recognize the fact that people value having a campfire and we hang on as long as we can before we ban it," Higgs said, adding propane-powered fire rings are allowed to be used during the ban. "At least that's a reasonable option for people who want to enjoy a campfire."

Higgs also warns the public not to release paper lanterns during this dry season as the forest is "tinder dry and could go up really quick."

The department has had two calls recently to deal with paper lanterns threatening to start fires in dry areas of the Coast, Higgs said.

© Copyright Coast Reporter


NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Coast Reporter welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus


Do you support the plan by conservation officers to conduct random property inspections?

or  view results

Click here to read the story.