The District of Squamish (DoS) announced on Thursday that there are no planned trail closures at this time.

The District says any decision by Squamish Fire Rescue within DoS boundaries will follow any decisions made by the province. Currently there is no such plan. The announcement comes after residents raised concerns regarding hot weather and numerous people already not respecting the current campfire ban. Squamish RCMP has issued multiple tickets to members of the public who have had campfires during the fire ban in both Alice Lake and Brohm Lake.

Residents and visitors alike are being reminded to be extremely careful and vigilant due to the existing fire ban that is in effect and the upcoming long weekend, that will see increased visitors to the region.

A 4 metre by 4 metre fire was found by members of the public near Garibaldi Lake, north of Squamish on Tuesday. Thanks to quick thinking by those who discovered the fire, it was quickly doused and determined to be ‘out’ by the BC Wildfire Service. The fire was human caused and therefore avoidable.

In a statement issued on Thursday the DoS says the fire ban will be enforced; “Authorities are vigorously enforcing fire ban legislation, including targeting persons that discard lit cigarettes from vehicles.” Both RCMP and the DoS are taking a zero-tolerance stance, with violators being ticketed under the Wildfire Act. Violators could see a maximum fine of $1,150.

Fires should be reported to 911.


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