Campfires will be permitted again in the Parksville Fire Protection Area, effective Sept. 16 at noon, due to the decreased risk of wildland urban interface fires.
The lifting of restrictions is in conjunction with the rescinding of the fire prohibition across the province’s south coast by the BC Wildfire Service Coastal Fire Centre, according to a media release from the Parksville Volunteer Fire Department.
Affected areas include the City of Parksville, French Creek areas bordering the City of Parksville to the edge of the fire protection area at Johnston Road, Drew Road and Hodges Road. Parksville local specified fire protection areas, including the San Pareil, Fourneau Road, Wildgreen Road and Martindale Road areas, are also included.
All campfires must be supervised by an adult and anyone who lights a campfire must have an adequate water supply nearby to extinguish it. Fires must never be left unattended and must be completely extinguished before leaving the site for any length of time, the release said.
Beach fires are not permitted at any time in the Parksville Qualicum Wildlife Management Area which includes the entire waterfront area in the Parksville Fire Protection Area. Beach fires are provincial jurisdiction and can be reported to the RAPP line (Report All Poachers and Polluters) at 1-877-952-7277.
Campfires, cooking fires and fires in outdoor fireplaces are permitted subject to the provisions of applicable municipal and regional district burning bylaws.
Applicable bylaws include:
- City of Parksville – Bylaw No. 1428 Outdoor Burning Bylaw
- Regional District of Nanaimo – FRENCH CREEK – Bylaw No. 920 A Bylaw to Regulate Outdoor Burning
- Regional District of Nanaimo – PARKSVILLE (Local) SPECIFIED FIRE PROTECTION AREA – Bylaw No. 922 A – Bylaw to Regulate Outdoor Burning