Island campfire ban lifted

A campfire ban throughout Coastal Fire Centre will be rescinded effective at noon Aug. 28.

The move comes just in time for the last big camping weekend of the summer.

The order is due to cooler weather in the forecast, which will result in a decreased wildfire risk in the region, according to fire information officer Marg Drysdale.

So, campers can now set up campfires, as defined by the wildfire regulation or open fires in an outdoor stove, she said Tuesday.

"The public is reminded that campfires must not be larger than a half-metre high by a half-metre wide," she said.

"Anyone who lights a campfire must have a hand tool (such as a shovel) or at least eight litres of water available to fully extinguish it," she continued, urging campers to "never leave a campfire unattended and make sure that the ashes are completely cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time."

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