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Fire Chief’s Update – Thursday, June 04, 2020

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Only campfires are allowed:

(1) Camp fires shall not be ignited or maintained from standing trees, stumps, slash or other flammable debris or wooden structures.

(2) Campfires shall not be ignited within three meters of trees, stumps, logs, wooden structures or any other combustible material.

(3) No person shall ignite or maintain a camp fire greater than 50 cm in diameter.

(4) No person shall ignite or maintain a camp fire except in a fire pit.

(5) All flammable material shall be removed down to mineral soil for not less than one meter in all directions from the perimeter of the fire pit.

(6) A person who ignites a campfire shall ensure that an effective means of extinguishing the fire is available immediately adjacent to the fire pit at all times while the fire is maintained.

(7) A campfire, other than a camp fire ignited and maintained on private property, shall be extinguished by 10:00 p.m.

Important Notice: (this restriction has been extended to June 15, 2020)

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy in collaboration with provincial public health partners has issued open burning restrictions for all High Smoke Sensitivity Zones across the province.

The areas are based on the venting index, and all high smoke sensitivity zones are under the ban. Denman Island is a high smoke sensitivity zone.

The decision made by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy is in effect until at least JUNE 15, 2020. Under the ban, no new fires may be started, and no additional material can be added to existing fires. This ban refers to Category 2 and 3 fires which are the equivalent of our backyard burn pile (a fire no larger than 3 meters) and an industrial/machine pile respectively.

What this means is that, effective immediately, no burning is allowed on Denman Island except for campfires which will be allowed until further notice.

A Campfire, as described by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy is defined as being under 50 cm in diameter and used for heat, cooking or recreation using firewood as fuel.

Don Luckett

Denman Island Fire Chief




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