Fire ban stepped up for Haida Gwaii

Fireworks and any open fires larger than a small campfire are banned on Haida Gwaii due to dry conditions.

  • Aug. 9, 2016 7:00 a.m.

B.C.’s Wildfire Service has stepped up a fire ban on Haida Gwaii due to dry conditions.

Burning piles, grass fires, burn barrels, sky lanterns, and fireworks were all banned on Haida Gwaii as of noon on Tuesday, Aug. 9.

The ban does not include campfires less than a half-metre high and wide, but anyone lighting a small campfire must have a hand tool or at least eight litres of water nearby to put it out.

Anyone who violates the ban could face a ticket of up to $1,150 and a penalty of up to $10,000. If a prohibited fire spreads into a wildfire, the person responsible could face up to a $1-million fine or a year-long jail sentence if convicted in court.

For a complete list of fires covered by the Category 2 ban that went into effect, review the poster showing B.C.’s open fire regulations below.