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Open fires banned April 1st, 2020 - Black Creek/Oyster Bay

Open fires 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 will be banned in the Black Creek / Oyster Bay Fire Protection Area (southern portion of Electoral Area D) April 1, 2020.

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COVID-19 Update:

Provincial government issues open burning restrictions for portions of the Strathcona Regional District 

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy in collaboration with provincial public health partners have issued open burning restrictions effective immediately for all High Smoke Sensitivity Zones across the province until Wednesday April 15th, 2020.

No new fires may be initiated and no additional material may be added to existing fires. Campfires which are defined as a fire less than 50 cm used for heat, cooking or recreational purposes using firewood are still permitted.

High Sensitive Smoke Areas are shown below in yellow.  This applies to portions of Gold River, Sayward, Campbell River, Electoral Area D (Oyster Bay / Buttle Lake), Cortes Island, Quadra Island and surrounding areas.

The following areas are under the jurisdiction of the BC Wildfire Act for fire bans and fire restrictions:

(The Strathcona Regional District does not have a bylaw for these areas that speaks to the lighting of an open fire) 




  • The area of Electoral Area C that does NOT reside within the Quadra Island Improvement District.

    (The Quadra Island Improvement District shown in red below).

The Quadra Island Improvement District’s current bans and restrictions can be found at https://www.quadrafire.org/current-conditions.php or by calling 250-285-3262.

To view current bans and restrictions for this area NOT in the Quadra Island Improvement District  visit: http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/wildfirenews/Bans.asp or call the Coastal Fire Centre at 250-951-4222)


Black Creek / Oyster Bay Fire Protection Local Area (Southern portion of the Electoral Area D)

Open fires will be banned starting April 1st, 2020, 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.  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).

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.

View current bans and restrictions for the Black Creek / Oyster Bay Fire Protection Local Area by visiting www.oysterriverfire.ca.


Electoral Area D that does NOT reside within the Black Creek Oyster Bay Fire Protection Local Area.

(Black Creek/Oyster Bay Fire Protection Local Area shown in red below)

 

To view current bans and restrictions for this area NOT in the Black Creek / Oyster Bay Fire Protection Local Area  visit: http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/wildfirenews/Bans.asp or call the Coastal Fire Centre at 250-951-4222)


Often, campfire prohibitions still allow the use of CSA-rated or ULC-rated cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or of portable campfire apparatus that use briquettes, liquid fuel or gaseous fuel, as long as the height of the flame is less than 15 cm tall. However, in extreme fire conditions these may also be prohibited.

Often, other activities are also prohibited when Category 2 open fire and/or campfire prohibitions are in force, these include:

  • Larger fires (Category 2 and Category 3)
  • Burning barrels and burning cages
  • Fireworks, fire crackers, sky lanterns
  • Binary exploding targets