Media Release - No Outdoor Fires Permitted in West Vancouver - Weather Conditions Pose High Fire Risk
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012, West Vancouver, BC - Although most of us are enjoying this extended summer weather, the District of West Vancouver reminds residents and visitors that outdoor fires are banned at all parks, beaches and private property. With tinder-dry conditions and warmer than normal temperatures forecast to last until the end of the month, the forest fire danger rating is still “high”—any outdoor fire risks spreading into our forests and residential neighbourhoods.
Specific bans on fire include:
• Outdoor fires at West Vancouver beaches and parks are prohibited at all times (West Vancouver Parks Regulation Bylaw 3110).
• The same regulation applies to any discarded lighted match, cigar, cigarette, or any fire-producing device in these areas.
• No fires on private property are allowed (Fire Protection and Emergency Response Bylaw 3869).
While the temptation to light a fire as the sun sets and the evening cools is understandable, the fire risk today is as high as it was in mid-summer and any outdoor fire has the capacity to spread before it can be controlled.
On the weekend of September 15, we narrowly avoided an occurrence of an illegal beach fire spreading to nearby homes. People are reminded that only non-combustible portable propane and charcoal barbecues are permitted in West Vancouver parks and private property, and open fires of any kind are prohibited. There are permanent charcoal barbecues in Ambleside, John Lawson and Whytecliff Parks. Barbecues of any kind are prohibited in Lighthouse Park at all times.
To report an outdoor fire in the District, please call 9-1-1. Describe the situation to the operator and the appropriate agencies will be dispatched, as required, to the scene.
About the District of West Vancouver
The District of West Vancouver is the local government led by Mayor Michael Smith and Council. Home to more than 44,000 residents, West Vancouver is a local government which strives to "inspire excellence and lead by example". Our Vision and Mission guide us to pursue our treasured quality of life and will be the measure of our success as a community. West Vancouver is a community built on innovation, a strong spirit of personal civic commitment and a deep value for relationships.
Donna Powers Acting Director of Communications
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