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Fire-size restrictions in effect until fall

Burn restrictions throughout Cowichan
Burn restrictions throughout Cowichan's rural regions go into effect today.
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Cowichan is part of Victoria's restricted fire-size order until Oct. 15.

Effective at noon June 3, fires of any material, piled or unpiled, can be no larger than two metres high, and three metres wide, including buring barrels.

The order also restricts the burning of stubble or grass, and use of any size of burning barrel. The prohibition does not ban campfires a half-metre high by a half-metre wide, or smaller, and does not apply to cooking stoves fueled by gas, propane or briquettes.

"This prohibition covers all B.C. parks, Crown lands and private lands within the Coastal Fire Centre, with the exception of Haida Gwaii and the area known as the Fog Zone," the forests ministry's release reads.

"It does not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has wildfire-prevention bylaws in place and is serviced by a fire department."

Cowichanians should check current prohibitions through local authorities.

Scofflaws breaking this open-fire prohibition may be fined $345 or, if convicted, can be fined up to $100,000 and sentenced to one year in jail.

If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the culprit may be subject to a $10,000 penalty, and be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

Visit the Wildfire Management Branch website at bcwildfire.ca.

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