Campfires have been banned throughout the Township of Langley due to the high heat and extreme summer weather conditions that are being experienced across the province.
The Township Fire Department announced Wednesday (July 12) that, effective immediately, all campfires using solid fuel such as wood or charcoal are prohibited in Township campgrounds until further notice.
According to the B.C. Wildfire Service, provincial fire bans and restrictions apply to all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but do not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws in place and is serviced by a fire department.
The Township’s campfire ban will be lifted by the department only when cooler, wetter weather permits.
Propane or natural gas campfires are allowed at campgrounds in the meantime.
“We are dealing with very dry, hot conditions, and many areas of the province are struggling to battle forest fires,” Township Assistant Fire Chief Pat Walker said.
“It’s a dangerous situation that we hope to avoid here by taking preventative measures. We don’t want to put any lives or property at risk.”
Walker reminded residents that outdoor bonfires are not allowed on any other properties – including private lands and backyards – at any time. Outdoor burning permits are only issued in the spring and fall during official burning seasons, when weather permits. Those who want to cook outdoors can use charcoal, natural gas, or propane fires contained within appliances approved by the Canadian Standards Association.
Residents who notice a fire should call 911.
For more information, contact Assistant Fire Chief Pat Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.532.7514.