Campfire Bans in Coastal Fire Centre Campfire Bans are in effect. Effective midnight August 4, 2005 and until further notice, Category 1 open fires (including campfires) are banned in select areas of the Coastal Fire Centre. Affected areas include Vancouver Island south of Campbell River, all Georgia Strait islands south of Hernando Island including the southern Gulf Islands and the Howe Sound islands, and the Chilliwack and Squamish Forest Districts. The area 2km inland from the outer south west coast of Vancouver Island is not affected by this campfire ban. good thing we got our camping in before the ban! sucks staring at a lantern all nite.