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Campfire Ban Extended to Ferry Island

Fire Department
July 7, 2021

Effective at noon on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, the City of Terrace will be prohibiting campfires on Ferry Island, extending the fire ban that is currently in place for the rest of the municipality. This ban will remain in place until noon on October 15, 2021, or until the public is otherwise notified.

As a reminder to all, the campfire ban for all of Terrace includes the following:

  • Campfires (any fire smaller than 0.5 metres high by 0.5 metres wide)
  • Category 2 and Category 3 open fires (larger fires typically used for land clearing)
  • The use of fireworks
  • The use of sky lanterns
  • The use of burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description
  • The use of binary exploding targets
  • The use of tiki and similar kinds of torches
  • The use of chimineas
  • The use of outdoor stoves or other portable campfire apparatus without a Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or Underwriter Laboratories of Canada (ULC) rating
  • The use of air curtain burners

Of particular note are sky lanterns, which are paper lanterns that can be lit with an open flame and released into the sky, much like a hot air balloon. These lanterns can pose serious risk to their surrounding landscape when released and have reportedly caused structure fires and wildfires around the world. The Terrace Fire Department reminds residents that sky lanterns are prohibited under the burn ban and that there are serious repercussions including fines and jail time for anyone found in contravention of an open-burning prohibition.

Anyone within the City of Terrace boundaries, including Ferry Island campers, may still have propane BBQs, propane fire pits, or charcoal briquettes.

More information about the fire ban, fines, and resources are available from the provincial government.

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