According to B.C. Wildfire Service, campfires are allowed as of Monday in the Coastal Fire Centre jurisdiction, which includes central Vancouver Island.
Bans had been in place throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre, the Kamloops Fire Centre and the Southeast Fire Centre.
The service notes that fireworks and firecrackers, sky lanterns, binary exploding targets and burn barrels and cages remain banned.
In a media release, the B.C. Wildfire Service says cooler weather and some rain are getting the credit for rescinding the ban. -Canada border at Manning Park, including Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park in the north, the Sunshine Coast, the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Haida Gwaii.
At 12 p.m. on September 18, BC Wildfire Service rescinded the ban and local municipalities have lifted bans as well.
Some parts of southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands have received very little rainfall in recent weeks.
More than 11,700 square kilometres have burned due to wildfires since April 1, many of which were human caused. For up-to-date information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, call 1 888 3-FOREST. A campfire should be at least three metres away from trees, shrubs and structures.
BC Wildfire Service reminds the public to never leave a campfire unattended and to keep at least eight litres of water or a shovel close by to fully extinguish your fire. "Make sure the fire is completely extinguished and ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area".