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Campfire ban lifted for much of Metro Vancouver but not for Maple Ridge

50 wildfires still remain active in the Coastal Fire Centre
Maple Ridge has remained under a total fire ban since Aug. 4 due to the rising numbers of wildfires in close proximity to the city. (Black Press Media file)

Campfires will once again be permitted throughout much of the Coastal Fire Centre, which includes all of Metro Vancouver thanks to the BC Wildfire Service lifting their ban on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

However, for residents of Maple Ridge, there’ll be no celebratory fires this weekend as the city-wide fire ban still remains in place.

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Maple Ridge fire chief Michael Van Dop explains that lifting the ban now just wouldn’t make sense for Maple Ridge.

“We’ve seen a lot of brush fires near the City from this long, dry trend as of late,” said Van Dop.

“The fire risk is still high, but we are forecasted for some precipitation this weekend, so I’m hoping that we might be able to lift the ban sometime next week.”

While 174 wildfires remain active in B.C. (as of writing), 50 of which are located in the Coastal Fire Centre, the government has deemed it safe to return to small category one open fires thanks to the recent rainfall and cooling temperatures.

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This lifting of the fire ban also allows locals to use additional fire-related products, including:

• Tiki and other types of torches

• Chimineas

• Outdoor stoves and portable campfire devices that aren’t rated by the Canadian Standards Association or Underwriter Laboratories of Canada

However, other items such as sky lanterns, fireworks, burn barrels, burn cages, and any category two and three open fires, still remain prohibited until Oct. 28, or until the order is rescinded.

The BC Wildfire Service would also like to remind the public that a campfire must remain no more than 0.5 metres high by 0.5 metres wide, shouldn’t be lit in windy conditions, should never be left unattended, and must be fully extinguished before being abandoned.

Anyone found violating the open-burning policies can be fined for $1,150, with potentially up to $10,000 of additional administrative penalties, and up to $100,000 in fines and/or one year of jail time if convicted in court.

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Brandon Tucker

About the Author: Brandon Tucker

I have been a journalist since 2013, with much of my career spent covering sports and entertainment stories in Alberta.
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