Savary Island Outdoor Fire Ban Begins June 1, 2022

Savary Island, BC — In accordance with qathet Regional District’s Savary Island Outdoor Fire Control Bylaw No. 549, all outdoor fires, other than campfires, will be prohibited across all areas of Savary Island, beginning on June 1, 2022 until the end of September. The campfire ban will come into effect beginning July 1, 2022. The Fire Chief may extend burning prohibition times and restrict hazardous activities that could cause a fire should the conditions warrant such measures. These prohibitions will remain in effect regardless of weather conditions during this time.

 

The public is reminded that there is a maximum penalty of $2,000 for contraventions of the fire ban. The Savary Island Volunteer Fire Department (SIVFD) is authorized to enforce the bylaw. The RCMP have confirmed that they will be providing periodic patrols on Savary Island over the summer months and this may include support from the RCMP’s West Coast Marine Services.

 

“Due to the density of homes, and the increase in the Island’s population during the summer months, Savary Island would be greatly impacted should a wildfire start and spread on the island,” stated SIVFD Fire Chief, Chris Philpott. “These annual summer fire bans are implemented in order to protect lives and prevent avoidable property damage.”

 

The SIVFD is operated by a small group of dedicated volunteers who give their time to train and respond to fires, emergency medical calls, and other public safety concerns on Savary Island. To learn more about the SIVFD and qathet Regional District Fire Protection services, please visit https://www.qathet.ca/services/emergency-services/fire-protection-services/.

 

The qathet Regional District serves the rural areas from Lund to Saltery Bay including the City of Powell River, Texada, Savary and Lasqueti Islands and provides some services, through contract, to Tla’amin Nation. To learn more please visit qathet.ca.

 

CONTACT:

Ryan Thoms, Manager of Emergency Services

#202-4675 Marine Avenue

Powell River, BC, V8A 2L2

emergency@qathet.ca

604-485-2260