Hope fire chief calls town campfire ban

The fire ban started last Wednesday at noon, but some fires are still permitted.

District of Hope Fire Department logo.

District of Hope fire chief Tom DeSorcy has called a campfire ban, effective last Wednesday at noon.

The municipal ban comes alongside a campfire ban from the Coastal Fire Centre.

“When they issue a campfire ban, it doesn’t apply in town, which is why I have to issue my own,” said DeSorcy. “The reason why they are issuing it and why I agree with them is due to increased daily temperatures with no precipitation in the immediate forecast.”

DeSorcy said this increases the risk of fire.

“Also, when other fires start in other areas, then crews, forestry, firefighters like ourselves could be busy elsewhere,” said DeSorcy.

The ban will stay in place until Oct. 21, unless otherwise notified, but does not apply to CSA-rated or ULC-rated cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.

“That means you’re not using a fire pit that you’ve made in your backyard,” said DeSorcy.

It also does not apply to a portable campfire apparatus that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, as long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres.

“Basically, that would be like a camp stove that uses liquid or gas and then briquettes, of course, being charcoal in a barbecue, and liquid fuel is propane,” elaborated DeSorcy.

Propane fire pits are allowed too.

Other items, or activities, that remain prohibited are the use of tiki torches, fireworks and sky lanterns.

DeSorcy warns that the District can penalize offenders. While the District has never had to fine someone, DeSorcy warns that if a fire spreads outside of Hope, the Province could get involved.

“The Province could start issuing fines. They have tickets …. up to $100,000, and … more than likely cost recovery,” said DeSorcy.

As for the provincial ban, it covers all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands within the Coastal Fire Centre, with the exception of Haida Gwaii and the “Fog Zone” on Vancouver Island.

The ban covers all of the area west of the height of land on the Coast Mountain Range from the U.S.-Canada border at Manning Park, including Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park in the north, the Sunshine Coast, the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Haida Gwaii.

Just Posted

Fraser Health reminds parents to get their kids fully vaccinated against measles

Health authority will send letters home to parents with catch-up program information

Chilliwack Hospice Society gearing up for annual Hike

Funds raised at Chilliwack walk remain local to help support programs for community members

Gas prices in Metro Vancouver hit $1.72 a litre

And one analyst expects it to only go higher this week

PHOTO: Pollination time

Hyacinths attract bees looking for pollen

Chilliwack school board making effort to foster better relationships

Board reaching out to parents via dinner event, and online forum

What’s age got to do with it? B.C. couple with 45-year gap talks happy marriage

An Armstrong couple that has 45-year age gap began turning heads after being featured on show Extreme Love.

WATCH: South Vancouver Island shooting an ‘isolated and targeted’ incident, say police

One person in custody, another fled following shooting and crash on West Shore

Woe, Canada: Bruins down Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game 7

No Canadian teams left in Stanley Cup playoffs

Defence accuses officer of ‘incompetence’ in trial for B.C. man accused in daughters’ murder

Double murder trial for the Victoria father accused of killing his two young daughters continues

Loud jets from Abbotsford are annoying residents of tiny U.S. town

Flights out of Abbotsford airport turn over border town and annoy residents, Sumas mayor says

Olympic auditions return to Lower Mainland

Event an opportunity for unknown athletes to shine and, maybe, change sports

B.C. men challenge constitutionality of Canada’s secret no-fly list

Parvkar Singh Dulai says he received a “denial of boarding” notification under the no-fly program last May 17

Murder on B.C. property didn’t need to be disclosed before sale, court rules

Buyer had tried to break contract after learning a man with ties to crime had been murdered there

B.C. pedophile wins appeal after violating court order

Kelly Glen Isbister’s sentence was cut by the BC Court of Appeal

Most Read