Community Information

Campfire Safety Reminder

All residents are reminded to practice responsible fire safety while enjoying a very rare opportunity to have a campfire in late summer. In particular: the fire, once ignited, is not left unattended at any time and there is sufficient quantity of fire extinguishing materials and equipment at the site of the campfire to completely extinguish the fire, and the fire is completely extinguished before leaving the area.
This is in reference to Bylaw #451, Part 3, Section 22, Subsection 3 (b) and (c): https://midwaybc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Bylaw-451-2014-To-Establish-a-Fire-Department-and-to-Regulate-Fire-Protection-Suppression-and-Prevention.pdf

The best way to extinguish a fire is to let the wood burn completely to ash if possible. If there is not enough time to allow for this, the next best thing to do is to completely extinguish the fire with buckets of water. Please make sure you drown all of the embers, not just the red ones. Pour water until the hissing sounds stops. Use your shovel to stir and break up the campfire, and to scrape all embers off of the logs. It is best to ensure that you have enough water on hand to extinguish your fire (8 litres best); the majority of burn injuries from campfires occur the day after the fire. Just remember that a fire can stay hot for long periods of time underneath sand and dirt.

One of the conditions the Village Staff highlights, and has residents sign their initials next to, on each fire permit they issue is: “Fires are not to be left unattended at any time.”

This is for the safety and well being of your health, your own property and your neighbours. The conditions are very dry and it would not take much for a fire to spread quickly.