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Open fires banned; fire hazard extreme

The fire hazard rating has being raised to extreme within the Sea to Sky corridor.

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The extreme rating means that all open fires are banned, including campfires. This ban does not extend to the use of liquid, gas or briquette-fuelled stoves that are manufactured for heating or cooking.

The fire hazard has been sitting at high for the past week or so and as expected, the heat over the past few days increased the hazard to extreme.

In the Coastal Fire Centre, which includes the Sea to Sky corridor, the hazard is still only rated at high, although campfire bans are in effect in the areas of Vancouver Island south of Campbell River, all Georgia Strait islands south of Hernando Island including the southern Gulf Islands and the Howe Sound islands, and both the Chilliwack and Squamish Forest Districts.

According to the Wildfire Act, as of April 1, 2005 bans and restrictions do not apply within the boundaries of local governments. Most often, local authorities choose to set similar, or sometimes higher, bans and restrictions within boundaries, as the RMOW and the District of Squamish have done this week.

With the long-term forecast calling for more sunshine, it is likely that the ban will remain in place for some time.

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