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Burning Ban issued for the City of Surrey

Dry Park

July 16, 2014

Surrey, BC – Wildfire Management Branch has banned open burning in the Coastal Fire Region due to drying weather conditions. With this information and with the start of the summer season, warm temperatures have resulted in dry conditions throughout the Coastal Fire District including the City of Surrey, making outdoor fires a hazard.

Therefore, pursuant to Surrey Fire Service By-law #10771 and in conjunction with the recent ban implemented for the Coastal Region of BC by the Coastal Fire Centre, the Fire Chief has cancelled all Burning Permits and is prohibiting all types of outdoor fires until further notice. Charcoal barbeques in City Parks and on City Beaches are also prohibited. Cooking appliances such as propane barbeques are permitted.

By following a few simple rules you can enjoy the hot weather and help prevent fires:

  • Dispose of smoking materials properly and make sure they are completely extinguished. Do NOT dispose of cigarette butts out of your vehicle window or in planter boxes.
  • Don’t leave barbeques unattended and ensure they are turned off properly after you have finished using them. Keep barbeques at least 1 metre (3 ft) away from the side of buildings.
  • Explain to children the dangers of playing with and lighting fires.
  • Properly dispose of bottles and broken glass you find outdoors to avoid them magnifying the sun’s rays and starting a fire.

For media inquiries:
Oliver Lum
Communications Manager
Office of the Mayor, City of Surrey
604.591.4519

For program information:
Chief Len Garis
Surrey Fire Service
City of Surrey
604.543.6700