Planning a beach fire now that the weather’s warmer?
Make sure you bring along a bucket for carrying supplies to the beach, and for transporting water to extinguish the fire when it’s time to go home.
That’s the word from officials during this window between the rainy season and the summertime fire bans.
The City of Campbell River Fire Department, for example, has been called to a number of problem beach fires this spring.
“One of the best ways to enjoy a Campbell River evening is to soak in those coastal views while sitting around a fire at one of our many beautiful beaches,” says fire chief Ian Baikie. “Recreational fires, including beach fires, are currently permitted, but we do need to exercise caution, particularly as conditions become drier.”
Here are more tips for preparing and caring for your next beach fire and those around it:
· Do not light a beach fire or keep it burning in windy conditions. The wind may carry embers and spread the fire.
· Since beach fires are not allowed on park land or private property (other than your own), always light beach fires below the high tide line.
· Recreational fires must not exceed 24 inches (60 centimetres) in diameter.
· Maintain a fireguard around the fire –a fuel-free area where all flammable materials (grass, kindling, driftwood, etc.) have been removed.
· Never leave a fire unattended.
· Be extra vigilant in supervising kids near the fire. Teach kids how to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothing should catch fire.
· Keep a bucket of water nearby for extinguishing the fire.
· Make sure that the fire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area. An abandoned beach fire can become a dangerous and fast-moving blaze.
· Bonus bucket use: fill a bucket with water and use it to rinse sandy feet before getting the kids in the car.
Campfires are currently permitted throughout the Coastal Fire area that encompasses Vancouver Island, although open burning has been restricted since May 18 and incorporated areas may have their own conditions in place.
For an up-to-date list of bans and restrictions, click here.