Fire Ban Starts Friday, 13 July

Effective at noon Friday, 13 July 2012, open fires are prohibited in the Northwest Fire Centre.  This prohibition is to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

The prohibition will remain in place until 31 August 2012 or until the public is otherwise notified. Prohibited activies include:

  • The burning of waste, slash or other material
  • The burning of stubble or grass
  • Use of fireworks or burning barrels of any size or description

Campfires and outdoor use of gas or propane cooking stoves, or briquettes is permitted; but campfires must  not be larger than 0.5 metres by 0.5 metres.  People lighting a campfire must maintain a fireguard by removing flammable debris from around the campfire area and must have a hand tool or at least eight litres of water available nearby to properly extinguish the fire.  Campfires should not be lit or kept burning during windy conditions.  Never leave a fire unattended.  Make sure that the fire is completely extinguished and the embers are cold before leaving the area.

This prohibition covers all BC Parks, Crown and private lands, including all land within the District of Kitimat. The ban will not apply to the former North Coast Forest District (see map).

Anyone found in contravention of an open fire prohibition may be issued a ticket for $345 or, if convicted in court, be fined up to $100,000 and sentenced to one year in jail. Anyone who causes a wildfire through arson or recklessness can be fined up to $1 million or spend three years in prison and be held accountable for associated firefighting costs.

The prohibition covers the Skeena/Stikine Forest District, the Nadina Forest District and the Kalum Forest District, but does not include the former North Coast Forest District.  A map of the affected areas is available online at bcwildfire.ca