Campfire ban returns to Cowichan for weekend

As of noon Friday, the campfire ban in the Coastal Fire Centre – including the Cowichan Valley – is back on.

The ban was temporarily lifted last weekend as temperatures cooled, but with hot weather returning and no precipitation in the forecast, the ban is being reinforced.

Campfires and open fires in outdoor stoves are covered by the ban. Gas or briquette cooking stoves are still permitted, as are portable campfires with a flame of less than 15 centimetres.

The ban covers BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands. Local governments have their own regulations, and residents are advised to consult with the local fire department before lighting a fire.

For the latest news on fire bans in B.C., visit www.bcwildfire.ca or facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo, or follow @BCGovFire-Info on Twitter. Dial *5555 on a cell phone to report a wildfire.