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No Open burning allowed at this time. Campfires are OK. Stay Safe!

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EVFD Burning Ban Update

INFORMATION BULLETIN
For Immediate Release July 21, 2020
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations
and Rural Development
BC Wildfire Service
Open fire prohibition scheduled for Coastal Fire Centre
ERRINGTON – Effective at noon Pacific time on Friday, July 24, 2020, most open burning activities will be prohibited throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, although campfires will still be allowed. This prohibition is being enacted to help reduce wildfire risk and protect public safety.
Category 2 and Category 3 open fire will be prohibited throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction with the exception being Category 3 open fire will not be prohibited in Haida Gwaii.
This prohibition applies to all public and private land, unless specified otherwise (e.g., in a local
government bylaw). People are asked to check with local government authorities for any other
restrictions before lighting any fire.
A map of the affected areas is available online here.
Specifically, this prohibition applies to:
• Category 2 open fire
o the open burning of any material (piled or unpiled) smaller than two metres high and three metres wide;
o the open burning of material concurrently in 2 piles each not exceeding 2 m in height and 3 m in width; or
o burning of stubble or grass fires over an area smaller than 0.2 hectares.
• Category 3 open fire
o any fire larger than 2 metres high by 3 metres wide;
o the burning of 3 or more concurrently burning piles no larger than 2 metres high by 3 metres wide;
o the burning of 1 or more windrows; and
o burning stubble or grass over an area greater than 0.2 hectares.
Also prohibited are the activities listed below (Wildfire Act, Section 12):
• Fireworks;
• Sky Lanterns;
• Binary Exploding Targets;
• Burn Barrels or Burn Cages of any size or description; and,
• Air Curtain Burners
The prohibition does not apply to campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or
smaller, or to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes. A poster explaining the
different categories of open burning is available online at: www.gov.bc.ca/openfireregs
Anyone lighting a campfire must maintain a fireguard by removing flammable debris from
around the campfire area and have a hand tool or at least eight litres of water available nearby
to properly extinguish the fire.
The Coastal Fire Centre covers all of the area west of the height of land on the Coast Mountain
Range from the U.S.-Canada border at Manning Park, including Tweedsmuir South Provincial
Park in the north, the Sunshine Coast, the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands
and Haida Gwaii.
Anyone found in contravention of an open fire prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for
$1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $10,000 or, if convicted in court,
fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or
contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and
associated costs.
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open fire violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or
*5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning
restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: http://www.bcwildfire.ca
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EVFD Stations

The Errington Fire Department is following suit with the rest of the Fire Stations around our district.
As of now, Errington Fire Station is closed to the general public. Only Fire Department members have access inside the Station. We are doing this to try and keep our members healthy and able to respond to any calls that may come in. We will monitor this week to week. If you are calling 911 and you are feeling sick please let dispatch know of this so we can prepare ourselves.

We copy the province in saying that if you feel sick and unwell, please stay home and if you’re coming back from out of the country, please self-isolate yourself for a 14 day period.

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EVFD AGM

It’s that time of year again! This year we will be having our
Annual General Meeting on
Date: Monday March 23, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Due to COVID 19 our AGM has been postponed.

Location: Errington Fire Satation# 1 at 960 Errington Rd.

Errington residents and landowners are encouraged to attend and see what your Fire Department is up to.
The agenda includes the election of directors and other topics of community interest. Looking forward to seeing you there with any questions you may have.

EVFD

The Errington Fire Department provides 24/7 fire protection for you, your homes, properties, and businesses.

It is made up of Volunteers, local people committed to working for, and supporting their community.

You can help support your Fire Department by participating in our Fund-Raising activities, volunteering your time or resources, or donating to the Firefighters Fund. Please contact us for more information.

If you have questions or concerns, or would like assistance in fire safety planning, identifying and reducing fire hazards, or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Mission Statement

Errington Volunteer Fire Department is committed to provide responsive, efficient and effective services to all residents and visitors of Errington.

Our mission will be accomplished through fire safety, fire prevention and inspection programs.

When called upon; we will….

  • provide a rapid and professional response to an emergency.
  • Attempt to minimize loss of life and property from fire, as well as other dangers.
  • Show compassion for those involved.
  • Be committed to protection of the environment.
 
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