The following press release was sent to Comox Valley Guide this morning from the Comox Valley Regional District:

Due to the continuing extreme dry weather and high fire hazard, the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is implementing a ban on fires at its Goose Spit regional park effective Friday July 31st, and continuing until further notice.

This ban follows the provincial government’s fire ban and is undertaken in the name of safety of property and surrounding flammable landscape.

“The CVRD is exercising caution during these very dry conditions,” said fire services manager James Bast. “Several jurisdictions have followed the province’s lead in implementing local bans, and we have assessed the situation at Goose Spit and have determined that a ban at this time would be in the public interest.”

Although only a portion of the spit is CVRD parkland, there are Department of National Defence structures along one end and, vegetation all along the spit and bluffs covered in grass and shrubs nearby.

“The regional district requests the community’s full cooperation in adhering to this ban,” said Bast.

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is a partnership of three electoral areas and three municipalities providing nearly 60,000 residents with 85 services — from parks to full-service sports facilities to a solid waste system that serves both the CVRD and the Strathcona Regional District.