North Cowichan asks Residents to be Fire Smart over Long Weekend

(North Cowichan, BC) – As the long weekend approaches, North Cowichan is urging residents to be safe in the woods and reminds everyone that the recent warm weather means an increasing risk of wildfires.

 Campfires are currently allowed in all areas of the province that fall under the BC Wildfire Service's jurisdiction. However, larger Category 2 and Category 3 open fires are prohibited in North Cowichan. People are urged to use caution and keep an ample supply of water nearby to fully extinguish their campfires. More campfire safety precautions and helpful tips for reducing the risk of wildfire can be found here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020FLNR0041-001423

 To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For up-to-date information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, call 1 888 3-FOREST or visit: www.bcwildfire.ca

 

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For more information:
Shaun Mason
Municipal Forester
T 250.746.3124
E shaun.mason@northcowichan.ca