Campers on BC’s coast are being reminded that if they want to roast marshmallows this weekend, it will have to be over the barbeque.
As of noon Saturday, campfires are banned in the coastal fire centre, with the exception of Northern Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii, and a thin strip of the mid-coast mainland.
Fire information officer Marg Drysdale says the ban is needed because of the extreme wildfire risk.
“Any kind of a spark can cause a wildfire right now, if you have a spark, if you drop it or have an escaped campfire — because it’s very hot and dry the spread rate is going to be high and into extreme.”
Drysdale says the fines for starting a wildfire can be steep.
“Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition can be issued a ticket of 345 dollars, and administrative penalty of $10,000 dollars, or if convicted in court fined up to $100,000. And if they cause a wildfire they can be charged for the entire cost of fighting the wildfire.”