Are we allowed to have fires at Recreational sites? >>
First of all fire restrictions in BC vary depending on local or regional conditions and can be updated anytime by the provincial wildfire office. You can find the latest conditions, restrictions and updates at their website here – http://bcwildfire.ca/. Restrictions apply to all Crown and private land but do not apply within municipalities.
Are there regulations on the size of a campfire? >>
Under Provincial regulations, campfires (the burning area) cannot be larger than 0.5 meters by 0.5 meters or 1.5 feet by 1.5 feet.
How can I make a fire-ring if there isn’t one? >>
First and foremost, check local regulations, current fire bans and the campground where you are staying to see if they allow campfires. When permission is granted, proceed by digging a hole 1 foot deep in the ground and 1.5 feet in circumference. Be sure to clear all debris a minimum of 3 feet around the hole. Build up a ring of rocks around the hole, leaving a small opening at the base of the rock ring for ventilation to your campfire.
How do you build a campfire? >>
After ensuring that there are no fire bans and it is safe to have a campfire. Begin by building the campfire inside a fire ring to protect the surrounding are from the danger of spreading fire. The key is to start small and build gradually so the fire remains contained.
How do I know when my fire is ready to cook on? >>
Simply remember the phrase “low flames are for boiling and coals are for broiling”.
What can I cook on a campfire? >>
You can cook just about anything on the coals of a campfire. Some people think that food cooked in the outdoors tastes better and really there is only way to know, which is to try! One of the most important tips to cooking on a campfire is to keep it simple. For recipe ideas visit our camping recipe page.
What can I burn in my campfire? >>
It is best to buy wood from the campground operator or local store that has been cut and dried properly for campfire use. Please do not use underbrush, twigs/sticks, moss or fallen trees for campfires as this is home to wildlife and part of the local ecosystem.
What is the best way to extinguish a campfire? >>
Since embers can easily re-ignite, put a campfire out by stirring water carefully into the ashes until all embers are extinguished. TIP: “Remember if it is too hot to touch, then it is too hot to leave.”
In the event of a campfire ban, can I use anything else to keep my family warm? >>
Yes you can use an approved propane campfire in a can or cooking source like a propane stove or heater. Treat this in the same manner you would any other flammable item and never leave it unattended.
How do I report a fire? >>
To Report a Wildfire, call Toll-Free 1 800 663 5555 OR *5555 on most cellular networks