VANCOUVER – White Rock firefighters say they have responded to nearly two dozen calls about beach fires in the past two months.
As the May long weekend approaches and the summer season begins, the city is reminding people that such fires are illegal and can result in fines.
The minimum fine for outdoor fires – including beach fires – in the town of White Rock is $ 175, and fines can go up to $ 1,150 during provincial fire bans, the said. city in a press release Wednesday.
In the same statement, the city said fire crews responded to 23 beach fires in the past two months, with many of those calls reporting multiple fires.
In the past, the city says, beach fires have severely burned adults, children and pets. They also pose a risk to nearby vegetation, homes and businesses, and may be difficult for firefighters to reach due to their location, depending on the city.
Ed Wolfe, chief of White Rock Fire Rescue, said in the town statement that most people play by the rules and don’t start fires on the beach.
“For those of you who start fires, you put other people at risk of getting burned and your actions can block emergency services needed for other incidents in the city,” Wolfe said.