Smoke rises from Long Island north of Harrison Hot Springs during a wildfire last summer. (File Photo)

Smoke rises from Long Island north of Harrison Hot Springs during a wildfire last summer. (File Photo)

Local firefighters remind public of campfire ban

Campfires banned in Coastal Fire Centre as of Aug. 4

Local fire departments are reminding the public that campfires are prohibited in the District of Kent, Harrison Hot Springs and throughout the Coastal Fire Center.

The campfire ban took effect at noon on Thursday, Aug. 4. A “campfire” is classified as any fire no larger than 0.5 metres high and 0.5 metres wide used by anyone for recreation purposes or by First Nations individuals for ceremonial purposes.

“Please remain alert to the threat of wildfires throughout August across all of BC as conditions remain hot and dry,” The Harrison Hot Springs Fire Department stated in a social media post. “Exercise caution, stay informed and do your part to prevent wildfires caused by humans.”

RELATED: Campfire ban ordered for Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland

As of press time, much of the current wildfire activity is outside the Coastal Fire Center; however, this can change at any time. Multiple wildfires burned in the Agassiz-Harrison area last year. While many were small, some razed dozens of hectares of land, including 256 hectares of Long Island on Harrison Lake.

RELATED: 256-hectare island fire on Harrison Lake not likely to spread: BC Wildfire Service

To report a wildfire, call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 from a mobile phone.

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