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Fire ban to be lifted Wednesday for Vancouver Island

Campfires and Category 2 and 3 fires will be permitted after noon on Wednesday, Sept. 27, in the Coastal Fire Centre.
The ban on all categories of fires will be lifted on Sept. 27 at noon. This includes campfires plus Category 2 and 3 fires, all of which have been banned across the province, except Haida Gwaii, since July 10.

The campfire ban on Vancouver Island will come to an end Wednesday. 

A ban on all categories of fires — campfires along with larger Category 2 and 3 open fires — will be lifted at noon.

“This means that all open burning will once again be permitted within the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction,” reads a statement from the B.C. Wildfire Service. 

A ban on other items, including tiki and other torches, chimineas, outdoor stoves and sky lanterns, is also being lifted.

Even though fire-danger ratings are now considered low or very low on Vancouver Island, the B.C. Wildfire Service said "the public is strongly encouraged to continue exercising extreme caution with any campfire.”

Campfires should not be lit or kept burning in windy conditions and fires should never be left unattended, the service said. Any fire should be surrounded by a fireguard area where all flammable materials such as grass, leaves or kindling have been removed. Fires must be completely extinguished before they are left.

More information on the fire regulations can be found on the B.C. Wildfire Service website.

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