Tofino/Ucluelet Fire Ban

Posted: August 4, 2017

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News Release

For Immediate Release

August 4, 2017

Ucluelet and Tofino Fire Ban on Public Property

UCLUELET and TOFINO – Beginning August 4, 2017, residents and visitors are advised that all open fires, including campfires and beach fires, are prohibited on public property within the boundaries of Tofino and Ucluelet.

During campfire prohibitions, only CSA or ULC approved portable campfire devices and outdoor stoves may be used but flame length must not exceed 15 centimeters. If conditions warrant, portable campfire devices and outdoor stoves may be further restricted or prohibited.

This prohibition will remain in effect until the public is otherwise notified.

Campfires on private property (e.g. backyards, residences, private campgrounds) are permitted at this time.

Please respect all signage and public notices.

Background

There is currently no Provincial Fire Ban in the Fog Zone, however dry weather conditions are forecasted to continue and emergency crews are occupied elsewhere in the province. The Districts of Ucluelet and Tofino are taking proactive measures to reduce the risk of wildfire and other hazards in our communities. 

The British Columbia Wildfire Management Danger Class Rating for the area is Moderate:

Forest fuels are drying and there is an increased risk of surface fires starting. Carry out any forest activities with caution.

Quotes

“Fire resources are stretched across the province, with the BC interior wildfires impacting protective services even in communities in the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District", noted Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne. “It’s the right time to take a proactive measure like this here on the West Coast”.

Mayor Josie Osborne – District of Tofino

“It’s important for all BC municipalities to take responsibility for community safety during this very active fire season and above-normal temperatures”, added Ucluelet Mayor Dianne St. Jacques. “We are pleased to work with our West Coast partners to ensure we effectively communicate this ban.”

Ucluelet Mayor Dianne St. Jacques – District of Ucluelet


Contacts:

Karla Robison, Environmental & Emergency Service Manager
District of Ucluelet
krobison@ucluelet.ca
250-726-7744

Brent Baker, Fire Chief
District of Tofino
bbaker@tofino.ca
250-725-3229

Resources:
www.tofino.ca
www.ucluelet.ca
www.BCwildfire.ca