In accordance with qathet Regional District’s Savary Island Outdoor Fire Control Bylaw No. 549, beginning July 1, all outdoor fires, including campfires, will be prohibited across all areas of Savary, and on all the beaches, until at least the end of September.
According to a qRD media release, the fire ban will remain in effect regardless of weather conditions during this time. The fire chief may also extend burning prohibition times and/or restrict hazardous activities that could cause a fire should the conditions warrant such measures.
The public is reminded that there is a maximum penalty of $2,000 for contraventions of the fire ban. Savary Island Volunteer Fire Department (SIVFD) is authorized to enforce the bylaw. The release stated that the RCMP has confirmed members will be providing periodic patrols on Savary over the summer months and this may include support from the RCMP’s west coast marine services.
SIVFD is also reminding boaters to respect the need for emergency access to the Savary Island dock. Boaters are advised not to place moorings or anchor vessels in any locations that impede navigation to the dock.
Emergency medical events can happen at any time of day or night and if water taxis or emergency vessels are unable to safely navigate to the dock, there could be delays for patients needing to get to hospital, according to the release.
“I hope all residents and visitors will act responsibly,” stated SIVFD fire chief Chris Philpott,” so we can all have a happy and safe Savary summer.”