Campfires/Recreational Fire Pits

Campfires and recreational fire pits may only burn clean dry firewood and must:

  • Be made of noncombustible material.
  • Be equipped with a tight-fitting lid of perforated metal or wire screen having openings not more than 1 cm2 in area.
  • Not exceed 0.5 m3 in volume.
  • Be located not less than 2 meters from a property line and not less than 5 metres from a building or flammable combustible material.
  • There must be fire-fighting equipment available on hand including at least one shovel, rake and garden hose connected to a water source.

Please ensure that campfires are permitted within North Cowichan by viewing the Current Open Burning Requirements before lighting any fire.

North Cowichan uses the BC Wildfire Service as a guide in determining Fire Bans and Restrictions, however permitted uses, fire bans and restrictions listed on the provincial website apply to only to BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands. They do not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws in place and is serviced by a fire department. Additional information about the Coastal Fire Zone and other regions of BC can be found on the BC Wildfire Services Website.