Effective noon on Thursday, June 8, 2023, a fire ban will be in place for the City of Campbell River. The ban applies to all recreational fires, including campfires, backyard fires and beach fires anywhere within the municipal boundary. All open burning and using items such as fireworks, sky lanterns, torches, and burning barrels are prohibited.

The City fire ban follows the BC Wildfire Service’s announcement that prohibits campfires for the Coastal Fire Centre, which includes all of Vancouver Island and the south coast of BC. The use of CSA-rated or ULC-rated campfire apparatus and cooking stoves that use liquid or gaseous fuel is allowed at this time, however, in extreme fire conditions, these may also be prohibited. 

People found in contravention of the fire ban may be subject to fines and legal action in accordance with bylaws and provincial regulations. Residents can report recreational fires using the City Fire Department’s non-emergency line at 250-286-6266. In the case of an emergency, dial 9-1-1. 


A recreational fire means the burning of wood for recreational purposes in a permanent outdoor fireplace, barbecue or fire pit not larger than 60 centimeters (24 inches) in diameter that is designed and constructed to confine the fire and is suitable for such a purpose, or within a fully enclosed burner or similar device. Recreational fires shall include fires used for the purposes of cooking food and the provision of heat.

See the additional resources below for more information.

Always check local and Provincial fire restrictions before lighting any fire. For Provincial fire bans and restrictions, information on campfires, and open burning in BC, visit:


Additional Resources


For more information on Open Burning in the City of Campbell River, visit Open Burning Permits.

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