Effective noon May 13, Category 2 fires are banned throughout the Coastal Fire District. This includes the City of Powell River, the regional district, and all surrounding public & private lands.
This is a prohibition of:
• The burning of any material (piled or unpiled)
• The burning of stubble or grass fires
• The use of fireworks, firecrackers, sky lanterns, burning barrels, or burning cages of any size or description.
• The use of binary exploding targets (e.g., for rifle target practice).
This prohibition does not apply to larger Category 3 fires, which are typically industrial and require preregistration, fuel breaks, etc.
Campfires are still permitted at this time, with the usual restrictions. People lighting a campfire must maintain a fireguard by removing flammable debris from the campfire area, and they must have a hand tool or at least eight litres of water available nearby to properly extinguish the fire. Campfires must be fully extinguished when not attended. The City of Powell River has its own bylaws regulating (and in many cases forbidding) the use of campfires within city limits.
The prohibition is in effect until Oct. 21, 2016, unless rescinded.
Thanks Kassidy Rae for first reporting this breaking news. Info and Pic Cred: Joseph McLean and Powell River Fire Watch.
For reference, see Fire Centre Bulletin 2634 at http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/News.asp