August 3, 2018
As we approach the BC Day long weekend, residents and visitors are reminded that the District of Sooke issued an immediate ban on open air burning and campfires within the municipality that came into effect at noon on July 18, 2018. This prohibition will be in effect until further notice – and aligns with restrictions outlined by The Coastal Fire Centre.
The ban applies to ALL open burning including campfires, chimneas, tiki torches, beach fires and backyard fire pits within the District of Sooke. A reminder that burn barrels and beach fires are prohibited year-round. Propane and gas fueled BBQ’s/campfires are still permitted, but are to be used with caution and only in appropriate areas.
We need your help! Residents and visitors are to be vigilant in ensuring that ALL smoking materials are fully and carefully extinguished and not tossed outside. Due to the potential of sparks, residents are also being asked to be cautious when using outdoor equipment such as chainsaws and lawnmowers.
This ban aims to prevent human-caused wildfires, protect our natural environment and ensure public safety. The ban will be in force until further notice. Updates will be posted in local media and on the District’s website www.sooke.ca.
Report a wildfire:
1 800 663-5555 or *5555 on a cell
Have a safe long weekend!
Fire Chief/Director of Community Safety
District of Sooke
Tel: (250) 642-5422