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Fire ban in effect for New Westminster parks, natural lands

Don't smoke, vape or use charcoal barbecues.
High risk: Fire bans are in place at Sapperton Landing and all City of New Westminster parks and natural lands.

With another spell of hot, dry weather upon us, New Westminster has issued a fire and smoking ban in all New West parks.

The order from the New West fire chief applies to all parks, natural lands and Glenbrook Ravine, effective immediately, a post from the city noted yesterday (Monday, July 31). The order means:

  • no smoking or vaping;
  • no charcoal or wood-burning barbecues;
  • no open flames or fires;
  • no candles or tiki torches; and
  • no chafing fuels.

Propane barbecues, grills and cooking devices are still permitted as of now.

New Westminster Fire and Rescue Services also reminds residents to take precautions against accidental fires and be alert to signs of fire:

  • Fires are not permitted at any time in any city park.
  • Report any signs of smoke or fire by calling 9-1-1 immediately.
  • Watch the City of New Westminster website for new or updated fire safety information.

Metro Vancouver also has a fire ban in place for the Brunette-Fraser Regional Greenway, which includes Sapperton Landing Park in New Westminster.

With a high fire risk, visitors are reminded that:

  • Briquette barbecues and cooking stoves are prohibited.
  • Propane barbecues and gas cooking stoves are only allowed in day use areas with picnic tables and picnic shelters. You must stay with the barbecue or stove at all times while using it.
  • Designated smoking areas remain closed.
  • All fires should be reported to 9-1-1 and regional parks staff.

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