Campfire ban in Golden Ears Park begins tomorrow

A fire ban in Golden Ears Park and Rolley Lake Park is in effect Wednesday (Aug. 17) at noon. - Special to The TIMES
A fire ban in Golden Ears Park and Rolley Lake Park is in effect Wednesday (Aug. 17) at noon.
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It's time to bring out the propane-fueled portable campfires.

After months of campers seeing cooler-than-typical weather, recent heat means a campfire ban will be in effect, starting Wednesday at noon.

The ban will be in effect at both Golden Ears Provincial Park and Rolley Lake Provincial Park.

In April, fines for ignoring a fire ban increased almost four times in amount, now $1,150 from the previous $345.

Back in May, Golden Ears Park's operational manager Stewart Burgess told the TIMES not everyone understands how valuable the forest is. A few months back the park reached a high fire hazard status, but until now has maintained fire-friendly status.

"People sometimes don't understand, but the resources here are just too valuable," he added at the time.

The manager said he hopes that campers can appreciate the rules, in order to help maintain the "natural heritage of the park."

Campfire bans now also include a smoking ban in provincial parks. Smoking is only permitted on registered campsites or in private vehicles.

However, if a cigarette butt flicked out the window starts a fire, expect a $575 fine.

Portable campfire regulations

During campfire prohibitions, only a CSA or ULC-approved portable campfire apparatus may be used. The flame height must also not exceed 15 centimetres (about half of a foot).

Operators seeing heavy traffic in Park

During the past weekend, operators closed the park to any incoming traffic for about an hour-and-a-half, due to lack of parking spots.

On July 31 (B.C. Day weekend), the park was also closed to day-use traffic for the same reason.

Maple Ridge resident Ross Davies snapped this photo, on a sign near Maple Ridge Park.

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