As of noon Tuesday, July 31, 2018, a complete fire ban will be in place within the City of Maple Ridge. This ban is consistent with similar bans put in place by BC Parks, MetroVan Parks and the BC Wildfire Service.
During the fire ban, only CSA rated or ULC rated barbecues/cooking stoves that use briquettes or liquid/gaseous fuel will be allowed, as long as the height of the flame is less than 15 cm and an adult remains in care and control of the appliance at all times. If using briquettes, please dispose of them carefully in a proper receptacle.
No campfires or open burning will be permitted in any part of the city, including the Open to Burning area. The following are also prohibited:
- open fires that burn woody debris in outdoor stoves.
- the use of stoves and other portable campfire apparatuses that are not CSA-approved or ULC-approved.
- the use of tiki torches, fireworks, firecrackers, sky lanterns, chimineas, burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description.
The prolonged hot and dry weather has maintained a “high” fire danger rating for nine consecutive days. The current weather forecast will likely see the fire danger rating climb to “extreme” in the local area. Only a significant and extended rain event will have an impact on the fire danger rating.
This past weekend, the Maple Ridge Fire Department responded to five calls for service in the interface area. In one case, crews attended to an abandoned campfire, smoldering from the night before. Citizens who discovered and reported the fire around 9:30 a.m., used tools to create a fireguard and tried to douse the fire with their own water bottles while waiting for firefighters.
Please be careful with smoking materials. Dispose of all cigarette butts and matches in proper receptacles and not on the ground, in bark mulch or in planters. In your vehicle, use the ashtray instead of tossing butts out the window.