Smokers will have to butt out if they’re visiting parks within the Comox Valley Regional District.

As part of the province-wide province fire ban, the district is including a smoking ban within all of its parks.

It will cover all CVRD Electoral Area Fire Departments including: Oyster River, Fanny Bay, Hornby Island, Union Bay, and Denman Island.

Meanwhile, the province-wide ban applies to campfires, beach fires, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires.

Oyster River fire chief Bruce Green says that with the increased heatwave we need to pay careful attention to our actions as the ground is tinder dry.

“All fires including campfires and beach fires are now banned in the region. A Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or Underwriter Laboratories of Canada (ULC) rated portable campfire apparatus may be used and the flame height must not be bigger than 15 cm. As well, in order to protect CVRD parks, a smoking ban has also come into effect.”

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