Huu-ay-aht lifts fire ban in fog zone

Huu-ay-aht First Nations is temporarily lifting it complete fire ban in its territory, including the “Fog Zone.”

The Nations will follow the lead of the Provincial Government, which announced yesterday that, effective at noon on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, campfires will once again be permitted in Haida Gwaii and the area known as the “Fog Zone” within the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction. This includes the Pachena Bay Campground.

The Coastal Fire Centre is lifting the campfire prohibition in these two areas only, due to the amount of precipitation recently received there and prevailing marine climate conditions, particularly in the “Fog Zone”.

The campfire ban does not apply to portable cooking stoves, or portable campfire apparatus that are ULC or CSA approved, and use gas, propane, liquid fuels or briquettes, with a flame length of 15 centimetres or less.

All Category 2 and Category 3 open fires and devices or activities including fireworks, burning barrels or cages, Tiki torches, sky lanterns, and the use of air curtain burners (forced air burner systems) are prohibited.

There are currently no forest use restrictions in effect for the Coastal fire centre.

For more information, call Huu-ay-aht First Nations at 250-723-0100 or 1-888-644-4555.

To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or dial *5555 on a cellphone.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit the B.C. Wildfire Service website: www.bcwildfire.ca

You can follow the latest wildfire news, on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo or on Facebook at http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo. Other useful sites are: http://bcwildfire.ca/hprscripts/wildfirenews/bans.asp and http://bcwildfire.ca/ftp/!project/WildfireNews/Campfires%20Pink.jpg

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