Please consult the following table to determine if the type of burning you wish to proceed with is currently allowed and if a valid fire permit is required in order to do so. If a permit is required, see the Fire Permits page

Please note that EVEN IF YOU HAVE A PERMIT, BURNING MAY NOT BE ALLOWED IF THE VENTING INDEX IS NEGATIVE. The venting index is about upper level atmospheric conditions and winds, and you can't tell by looking out the window. To find out whether the venting index allows burning with a permit today, go to this interactive venting map of coastal BC. Additional information and details about the venting index can be found here.

LOW
HAZARD
RATING
Type of BurningAuthorization
Machine Piles
Permit required all year round.
Venting authorization and site inspection required year-round.
Open Air Burning
Permit required until October 31st.
No permit required from Nov. 1st to Mar. 31st.
Permits required again as of April 1st.
Approved Incinerators
Campfires (7 days a week)
Campfires allowed with Permit between April 1st & Oct. 31st
No permit required from Nov. 1st to March 31st.
MODERATE
HAZARD
RATING
Machine Piles
No - complete ban on burning
Open Air, Hand Piled Yard Waste Burning
No yard waste permits after May 1st, or incinerator fires.

Campfire permits will be issued, or not, depending on conditions. Please note that, if permitted, campfires must be of Provincial regulation size.

Approved Incinerators
Campfires, beach and evening, permit required
HIGH
HAZARD
RATING
Machine Piles
NO - COMPLETE BAN ON BURNING

HIGH Risk Activities such as mowing, chainsawing etc. may take place in the morning hours (when humidity is highest) with safety precautions (water/extinguisher ready) in place and must be followed by a 2 hour fire watch after activity ceases at 11 a.m.

Open Air, Hand Piled Yard Waste Burning
Approved Incinerators
Campfires (7 days a week)
NO CAMPFIRES ALLOWED
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
(propane campfire appliances excepted)
EXTREME
HAZARD
RATING
Machine Piles
NO - COMPLETE BAN ON BURNING
We will continue allowing Early Shift High Risk Activities for the next three days… Tuesday July 17th will be the last day for High Risk Activities.

When allowed, High Risk Activities such as mowing, chainsawing etc. may take place in the morning hours (when humidity is highest) with safety precautions (water/extinguisher ready) in place and must be followed by a 2 hour fire watch after activity ceases at 11 a.m.

Open Air Burning
Approved Incinerators
Campfires
 
For details about burning regulations, approved incinerators, campfires, etc, please see the Burning Regulations page.

All fires absolutely must be monitored by a responsible adult, and there must be a ready method of extinguishment available at the site.