Some open burns to be restricted in Coastal Fire Centre

May 18, 2018

Effective at noon on Friday, May 18, 2018, Category 2 open burns will be prohibited throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, with the exception of the Haida Gwaii Natural Resource District and the “Fog Zone” *.

This prohibition will help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. It will remain in effect until Oct. 20, 2018, or until the public is otherwise notified. A map of the affected area is available online:

To coincide with this regional category 2 fire ban, the Courtenay Fire Department will be issuing a fire ban that includes following jurisdictions:

  • City of Courtenay
  • Courtenay Fire Protection District
  • Mervillie Fire Protection District
  • Tsolum Farnham Fire Protection District

This ban includes open fires as describe on the permit, Incinerators and burn barrels.  All permits are hereby cancelled.

This prohibition does not ban campfires that are smaller than a half-metre high by a half-metre wide in supervised camp grounds, in fire protection districts whose bylaws permit campfires, or apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes. A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online:
For more information on the Coastal Fire Centre regional prohibition, visit the BC Wildfire Service website
* The Fog Zone is a two-kilometre strip of land along the outer coast of Vancouver Island, stretching from Owen Point (near Port Renfrew) north to the tip of Vancouver Island and around to the boundary of the District of Port Hardy. This strip extends inland two kilometres from the high-tide point. A map of the Fog Zone is available online: