Effective Noon Thursday April 16 – Implemented by Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources, most open burning activities will be prohibited throughout British Columbia to reduce the likelihood of human-caused wildfires, although campfires will still be allowed.
The following activities will be prohibited, and restrictions remain in effect until public is otherwise notified:
- Category 2 open fires – a fire, excluding a campfire, that burns piled material no larger than two metres high and three metres wide, or grass over an area less than 0.2 hectares (2000 square metres) in size;
- Category 3 open fires – a fire that burns material in piles larger than two metres high and three metres wide, windrows, or grass over an larger than 0.2 hectares (2000 square metres) in size.
- Resource Management open fires;
- The use of fireworks;
- The use of sky lanterns; and
- The use of burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description (except when used for a campfire).
These prohibitions apply to all public and private land within British Columbia, unless specified otherwise (e.g., in a local government bylaw).
For the Strathcona Regional District’s Electoral Areas, this prohibition directly applies to:
- North Quadra Island (outside of the Improvement District) and the remainder of Electoral Area C (Quadra & Discovery Islands)
- All of Electoral Area D (Oyster Bay / Buttle Lake)
- All of Electoral Area B (Cortes Island)
- All of Electoral Area A (Sayward Valley)
The areas mentioned above all fall under the jurisdiction of the BC Wildfire Act with the exception of the southern potion of Electoral Area D which falls under the jurisdiction of the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) through the Black Creek / Oyster Bay Fire Protection area. The CVRD will be following this burning ban.
A zoomable map of the fire protection areas is available online at www.srd.ca/fire-protection-map. For more information about the different categories of open burning, please visit : www.gov.bc.ca/openfireregs and a map of the affected areas is listed online at http://ow.ly/8uct30qvSv2.
To view the Province’s current fire bans and restrictions visit: http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/wildfirenews/Bans.asp or call the Coastal Fire Centre at 250-951-4222)
The area of Electoral Area C that does NOT reside within the Quadra Island Improvement District.
(The Quadra Island Improvement District shown in red below).
The Quadra Island Improvement District’s current bans and restrictions can be found at https://www.quadrafire.org/current-conditions.php or by calling 250-285-3262.
Often, campfire prohibitions still allow the use of CSA-rated or ULC-rated cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or of portable campfire apparatus that use briquettes, liquid fuel or gaseous fuel, as long as the height of the flame is less than 15 cm tall. However, in extreme fire conditions these may also be prohibited.
Often, other activities are also prohibited when Category 2 open fire and/or campfire prohibitions are in force, these include:
- Larger fires (Category 2 and Category 3)
- Burning barrels and burning cages
- Fireworks, fire crackers, sky lanterns
- Binary exploding targets