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Black Creek/Oyster Bay Open Fire Ban in Effect April 1st, 2020

Open fires will be banned, with the exception of a campfire which is defined as a fire less than 50 cm used for heat, cooking or recreational purposes using firewood.

Campbell River, BC – Residents of the Black Creek / Oyster Bay Fire Protection Area which encompasses a southern portion of the Strathcona Regional District’s Electoral Area D can expect open fire restrictions effective April 1st, 2020.

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) announced yesterday that they are implementing open fire restrictions in their fire protection district effective April 1st, 2020 in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  Open fires will be banned, with the exception of a campfire which is defined as a fire less than 50 cm used for heat, cooking or recreational purposes using firewood.

Authority for operating fire protection service and the authority to regulate open burning in the Black Creek / Oyster Bay (BCOB) Fire Protection Local Area was assigned by letters patent to the Comox Valley Regional District on February 15, 2008.  The remainder of Electoral Area D resides under provincial legislation (BC Wildfire Act).

A regional map indicating the area of the Black Creek / Oyster Bay Fire Protection Area located in Electoral Area D can be viewed online at www.srd.ca/fire-protection-map.  Burning violation in the BCOB Area, can be reported by contacting the Oyster River Fire Department’s Duty Officer at 250-830-7155.

More information can be found on current bans and restrictions for the rest of Electoral Area D, north Quadra Island, Cortes Island, Electoral Area A and the outer Discovery Islands online on the BC Wildfire Service website at http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/Bans.asp or by calling the Coastal Fire Centre at 250-951-4222.

The Strathcona Regional District is a partnership of four electoral areas and five municipalities providing services to approximately 44,000 residents.

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Media contact:
Shaun Koopman, SRD Protective Services Coordinator
250-830-6702 | skoopman@srd.ca