Beach fire and camp fire season is upon us, so here’s some information. The SCRD’s rules fall under Bylaw 631, Fire Protection.
A beach fire must be no bigger than .5 meter x .5 meter, and must be below the high tide line supervised by people who have a method of extinguishment nearby (shovel, bucket, etc.). During high fire risk periods the province enacts fire bans and restrictions, and the local fire department follows suit across the rural areas so that rules are consistent.
If you see an out of control beach fire, call the fire department at 911. When there is a Provincial State of Emergency fire fighters will request assistance from the RCMP and have them issue tickets under the Wildfire Act. The ticket for burning during restricted periods is $1,150.
Campfires in designated camp grounds or on private property must be at least 5 metres away from any building, tent or other concentration of combustible materials, and at least 2.5 metres from any private property line. A responsible person must be present at all times when a campfire is burning, with appropriate tools and a water supply to extinguish the fire.