Sooke campfire ban lifted for August long weekend

NEWS RELEASE
[Sooke] July 30, 2020

According to the July 30, 2020 Wildfire Situation Report, the Fire Danger Rating for the Sooke Catchment area is now being noted as ‘HIGH’. Earlier this week, the report noted that the Fire Danger Rating for the Sooke Catchment area was being elevated to ‘EXTREME’. The data and weather forecasting system that the Wildfire Situation Reports are based on have been re-evaluated and the rating has been lowered to ‘HIGH’ in Sooke. Subsequently, the campfire ban within the District has been rescinded, effective immediately.

On Tuesday, August 4th the data, ratings and subsequent actions will be re-evaluated, in consultation with the Coastal Fire Centre, CRD Parks, CRD Water, as well as the Otter Point Fire Department. This will help ensure alignment and coordination of any further changes to the communications to residents and visitors. Check District News at www.sooke.ca, as well as social media channels for updates.

It is very important to note that hot and dry conditions remain across the province. This increases the risk of wildfires. Sooke residents, British Columbians and visitors are being urged to act in accordance with BC’s Campfire Regulations to help minimize risks.

  • Campfires are to be no larger than 2 feet across
  • Fires are to be lit within a contained metal or mason ring
  • Burn clean, split wood only – no garden or yard debris
  • Always keep a water source nearby
  • Never leave your campfire unattended – before you leave for any amount of time, your campfire MUST be fully extinguished. The ashes of the fire must be cool to the touch
  • Have a fuel break around your campfire – keep area cleared of debris

Wishing you a lovely and enjoyable long weekend! Please stay vigilant in protecting our community by recreating safely.

District Burning Regulations: www.sooke.ca/i-want-to/find/burning-regulations/


Media Contact:

Matt Barney, Deputy Chief
District of Sooke Fire Rescue
250-642-5422 ext. 638  |  mbarney@sooke.ca
www.facebook.com/SookeFireRescue
www.sooke.ca   Twitter: @SookeCa

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