Campfire Ban – Effective Friday, July 12, 2024 at 12 PM

Posted: Jul 10, 2024   |   By: Communications

The Coastal Fire Centre will enact a campfire ban effective Friday, July 12, 2024, at 12 PM. This ban will include Tofino to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. Prohibitions for Category 2 and 3 open fires, which have been in place since May, will continue. All restrictions will remain until Thursday, October 31, 2024, at 12 PM or until the order is rescinded.

In addition to campfires and open fires, the following activities and equipment are also prohibited:

  • Fireworks
  • Sky Lanterns
  • Burn Barrels or Burn Cages of any size or description
  • Binary Exploding Targets
  • Air curtain burners
  • Tiki and similar kinds of torches
  • Chimineas

The use of outdoor stoves is still allowed. An outdoor stove, as per the Wildfire Regulation, is a CSA-rated or ULC-rated device used outdoors for cooking, heat, or ambiance that burns charcoal briquettes, liquid fuel, or gaseous fuel, with a flame height less than 15 cm tall.

Anyone who lights, fuels, or uses an open fire during this prohibition or fails to comply with the ban may be fined $1,150. If convicted in court, the fine can go up to $100,000 and may include a sentence of up to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the responsible person may face a penalty of up to $100,000 and be required to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

To report a wildfire, please call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone. For more information, visit the BC Wildfire Service website.

Share this post: