Huu-ay-aht First Nations acknowledges the cultural significance of smokehouses, despite a total fire ban within its territory, including the fog zone.
If Citizens use their smokehouses please follow these recommendations to improve fire safety:
- If possible, do not locate fires closer than four metres from all buildings, structures and combustible and flammable materials
- Only burn during daylight hours
- Keep a shovel, rake and charged garden hose at the fire location
- Remove all combustible material from within one metre of the smoke house, including vegetation and scrape the ground to only exposed earth. It is also good practice to place the smokehouse on gravel, sand or a non-combustible surface.
- A responsible adult should be present at all times
- Restrict use to times when strong winds are not present, whenever possible
Citizens may also choose to have a small fire below the tideline for food fish preparation only.
If you have any questions, please contact Huu-ay-aht First Nations at 250-723-0100. It is important to note that this exception to the fire ban applies only to Huu-ay-aht’s Traditional territory. Citizens living in other regions are expected to follow the regulations outlined by the local government’s regulation in their area.