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Squamish poll: Vast majority of respondents support District's May campfire ban

70% say 'we can't risk a wildfire.'
Majority of respondents support the campfire ban, according to The Squamish Chief's recent poll.

Just before the Victoria Day long weekend, on May 16th, the District of Squamish put in a campfire ban. 

The provincial Coastal Fire Centre has put in a ban on larger fires, but not campfires.

In response, whether or not the District ban was justified, and should be continued, has become a hot topic among locals. 

Some say that having a ban, when the area has been receiving rain, will make it less likely people will abide by the bans in the future. 

Others have noted the concerning drought conditions throughout the pacific region, early fires this year in other parts of the country and devastating wildfires last summer.

The Squamish Chief polled 301 readers and asked the question: Do you support the District of Squamish putting in a campfire ban before the May Long weekend?

The poll ran from 5/18/2024 to 5/28/24. Of the 301 votes, we can determine that 157 are from within the community. The full results are as follows:

No, it was too early. 18.47% local, 17.94% total    
No, they should not ban at all, but target the folks abusing it, not everyone. 8.28% local, 8.97% total    
Yes, we can't risk a wildfire. 70.06% local, 69.77% total    
Not sure. 1.91% local, 1.99% total    
Other. 1.27% local, 1.33% total    
  Local   Total

Results are based on an online study of adult Squamish Chief readers that are located in Squamish. The margin of error - which measures sample variability - is +/- 5.61%, 19 times out of 20.

The Squamish Chief uses a variety of techniques to capture data, detect and prevent fraudulent votes, detect and prevent robots, and filter out non-local and duplicate votes.

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