Approved Incinerator and Open Air Burning

Incinerator and/or Open Air Burning Restrictions:

Unless a special written permit is issued,  incinerator and/or open air burning (fires) is not permitted:

  • between sunset of one day and the sunrise of the following day
  • on Canada Day, B.C. Day, or Labor Day Holidays
  • in the months of July, August and September

***** Any one found to be in contravention of these Guidelines is subjecting themselves to a charge for services rendered and the cost of extinguishing agents. *****

No permits required from October 15th in any year to May 15th of the following year unless proclaimed otherwise by the Fire Chief.

Permits are available free of charge from the fire hall or from this page.

Venting Information

Environment Canada Smoke Control Forecast / Venting Index

Or automated voice message available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at: 1 888 281-2992

  • press 2 for Vancouver Island Region
  • press 8 for the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulations
  • press 9 for information on how to use the Environment Canada Venting Forecasts



Open Air Fires

The permit holder must insure that all small brush piles are kept a minimum distance of 5 m (15 feet) from standing vegetation and fences and 10m (30 feet) from any structure.  The Permit holder must have a water source at the site and it must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times during burning.  Hand Piled Open fires are meant for burning waste materials:(paper, cardboard, lumber, brush, slash, trees, or other woody debris), not exceeding 2 meters (6 ft) in height and 1.5 meters (5 ft) in diameter.

Authorized Incinerator

An Authorized Incinerator is one that is maintained in a condition that provides for proper combustion of any material burned. The permit holder must always supervise the incinerator and have water on hand at the site. Incinerators must have a mesh screen where the mesh weave measures not more then 16mm or less than 8mm and the screen must cover the entire top opening and the incinerator and screen must be in good condition, and must be 7.6 meters, (25 feet) from any structure and 1.5 meters, (5 ft) from standing vegetation or fencing. All burning in incinerators is to take place from dawn to dusk only.

Remember these points when burning:

  • Burn only during safe conditions… no wind and after rain has fallen is best
  • Stay with fire until it is completely out
  • Always have a garden hose available to prevent fire from spreading
  • Avoid burning near buildings, trees or tall grass
  • Keep fires small and under control
  • Recycle and re-use applicable materials before burning
  • Check the Fire Hall Fire Hazard Board located at each of our Halls for updates on the local forest fire hazard
  • Remember to get a permit BEFORE you burn


Prohibited Burning Materials

  • Tires
  • Plastics
  • Drywall
  • Demolition waste
  • Domestic waste
  • Paint & Paint products
  • Treated Lumber
  • Asphalt & Asphalt Products
  • Rubber
  • Fuel & Lubricant containers
  • Biomedical waste
  • Tar Paper
  • Railway Ties
  • Manure

Additional Burning Information Resources

BC Government – Ministry of Forests: