SAVARY ISLAND, BC — In accordance with qathet Regional District (qRD)’s Savary Island Outdoor Fire Control Bylaw No. 549, the lighting of burn piles, including backyard burning and burn barrels will be prohibited across all areas of Savary Island, beginning on Thursday, May 18 at noon.
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 and receives regular support from visiting RCMP officers.
For the time being, campfires are still allowed but residents and visitors are reminded that anyone having a campfire must adhere to all requirements per Bylaw 549. “Fire bans are put in place to protect our community from preventable loss resulting from a fire,” stated SIVFD Fire Chief, Chris Philpott. “Due to the unexpected hot weather and wildfires throughout the province, we are taking a proactive approach and placing a ban on burn piles, backyard burning and burn barrels. We greatly appreciate everyone’s compliance.”
About the SIVFD:
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 qathet.ca/fire-protection-services/.
About the qathet Regional District:
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.
Ryan Thoms, Manager of Emergency Services
#202 – 4675 Marine Avenue
Powell River, BC V8A 2L2