OBFD reminds residents: beach fires not allowed

Beach fires pose risk to the public, even after being extinguished

  • Apr. 12, 2016 6:00 a.m.

With the recent sunny days and warm evenings, Oak Bay Fire reminds residents that beach fires are not permitted in the District of Oak Bay.

Anyone coming across a beach fire producing visible flame or smoldering is asked to contact the fire department at 250-592-9121.

Beach fires extinguished by being smothered with sand have caused serious burns to adults, children and pets, notes Capt. Rob Kivell, Oak Bay’s fire prevention officer.

“The sand does extinguish the flames, however the sand continues to be heated from the radiant heat. This creates an oven-like effect which can cause very serious burns,” Kivell says. “Beach fires can only be thoroughly extinguished by being doused with copious amounts of water.”

While beach fires are not permitted, fires fuelled solely by natural gas, propane or charcoal briquettes and contained within a portable appliance or device specifically designed for that purpose are allowed.

For more information, contact the Oak Bay’s Fire Prevention Division – 250-592-9121.


Just Posted

Shaving minutes off commutes among the goals for Victoria bus lanes

Work on southbound Douglas Street lane between Tolmie and Hillside getting underway

Backyard of $2.2M Uplands property bulldozed for BMX jump track

34-year-old financial advisor fulfills childhood dream

VicPD nab distracted driver with expired licence

On the phone while in motion, man had overdue fines from driving while impaired

Gallery: Turnout good for Oak Bay’s inaugural volunteer fare

Oak Bay showcased non-profits and more with inaugural volunteer fair

Vic-Alert faces tidal wave of registration after tsunami warnings

City of Victoria system is free and provides early warnings of disaster

Mature Garry Oak falls on Beach Drive

150-year-old tree blocks access in front of Oak Bay Beach Hotel

Castlegar homicide victim identified

The victim was 38-year-old Jordan Workman of Castlegar, B.C.

B.C. Liberals get one last prime-time pitch

Leadership campaign to be decided in Feb. 3 vote

How high is safe from a tsunami? Four metres above sea level

Be disaster ready with food, water and clothing for seven days

Victoria Film Festival set for triumphant return to the big screen

Two decades on, diverse film lineups keep movie-goers coming to the box office

Victoria’s most wanted for the week of Jan. 23

Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $2,000 for information that leads to arrests or the seizure of property or drug

Andrew Scheer on trade, Trump and Trudeau

Canada’s Conservative leader begins three-day visit to B.C.

Bell Canada alert prompts RCMP, privacy watchdog to probe data breach

Company spokesman: ‘Fewer than 100,000 customers were affected’

Victims restrained, sex toys and cash stolen from B.C. adult store

Armed suspects sought in adult store robbery

Most Read