Areas in yellow are included in the open burning ban. Photo courtesy SRD

Campbell River area under provincial open burn ban

Effort to clear air to help with COVID-19 response

The provincial government has issued open burning restrictions for parts of Vancouver Island, including portions of the Strathcona Regional District and Campbell River.

The areas are based on the venting index, and all high smoke sensitivity zones are under the ban. The decision, made by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy is in effect until at least April 15. Under the ban, no new fires may be started, and no additional material can be added to existing fires. Campfires, which are defined as being under 50 cm in diameter and used for heat, cooking or recreation using firewood are still permitted.

The ban is in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A statement from the province reads that “the BC Centre for Disease Control recommends implementing measures that help to reduce excess air pollution in populated airsheds across the province. There is strong evidence that exposure to air pollution increases susceptibility to respiratory viral infections by decreasing immune function.”

Areas that are particularly sensitive to smoke, which includes the south-eastern side of Vancouver Island from Campbell River to Victoria, have been included as part of the ban as of March 26. The ministry will be monitoring the situation and adjust the boundaries of the ban accordingly.

In the Strathcona Regional District, this affects parts of Gold River, Sayward, Campbell River, Electoral Area D (which was previously announced to be under a partial fire ban by the Comox Valley Regional District), Cortes Island, Quadra Island and the surrounding areas.

An interactive map of areas affected by the open burning ban is available online.

RELATED: Fire ban coming for southern tip of SRD

Increased coronavirus cases spark B.C.-wide burning restrictions



marc.kitteringham@campbellrivermirror.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Campbell Riverfire banNews

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Conservation group challenges sustainable-certification claims of B.C. fish farm operator

Mowi West Canada refutes accusations it was ‘misleading’ public

COVID-19 gives B.C. First Nation rare chance to examine tourism’s impact on grizzly bears

With 40 infrared cameras deployed in Kitasoo-Xai’Xais territory, research will help develop tourism plan with least impact on bears

Weekly RCMP update: Bike thefts and persistent driving while prohibited

Campbell River RCMP detachment seeing bicycle theft as an ongoing concern

Over 21 Campbell River tourism businesses benefit from resiliency program

Vancouver Island Tourism Resiliency Program is helping businesses pivot and adapt to the COVID-19 imposed changes in industry

NIC online marine training accessed by mariners across the country

NIC was among the first post-secondary schools to receive approval for digital marine courses

Study suggests 8 times more people in B.C. infected with virus than confirmed

The study looked at anonymous blood samples collected for reasons unrelated to COVID-19

Semi-truck driver charged after six-vehicle leaves several injured near Sicamous

Investigators believe a semi-truck crossed a double solid line along Trans-Canada Highway

Mirror business directory and map

If you’d like to be added to the list, shoot us an email

Brave 7-year-old boy rescues older child from drowning in Shuswap Lake

RCMP to look into Red Cross award for Ranchero resident Cody Krabbendam

Conservation group challenges sustainable-certification claims of B.C. salmon farmer

Mowi West Canada refutes accusations it was ‘misleading’ public

Commons finance committee to begin probing WE Charity’s volunteering contract

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has admitted he should have recused himself from the decision

Woman receives ‘extremely disturbing sexual threats’ while on Lower Mainland bus

The woman was riding the bus when she received threats of sexual violence from someone nearby

‘We’re not busting ghosts’: Northern B.C. paranormal investigators check out bistro

Paranormal North Coast British Columbia recently checked out PF Bistro at City Centre Mall.

Russian hackers seeking to steal COVID-19 vaccine data: intel agencies

It is believed APT29, also known as ‘the Dukes’ or ‘Cozy Bear’ was responsible

Most Read