Fire Restrictions & Hazards
March 26, 2020: Ban for Open Burning
Open Burning Ban
As per the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy’s Open Burning Restrictions issued for all High Smoke Sensitivity Zones in British Columbia, an Open Burning Ban will be imposed for the entire Municipality of North Cowichan, effective at 08:10 on March 26, 2020 until 09:00 AM local time April 15, 2020 or further notice. This ban includes all burning done or a fire set in accordance with federal or provincial regulations. This ban also includes the following:
* Category 2 open fires
* Category 3 open fires
* fires burning woody debris in outdoor stoves
This prohibition does not apply to CSA-rated or ULC-rated cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, so long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimeters.
For More Information Contact:
Local Assistant to the Fire Commissioner
Senior Bylaw Compliance Officer
Backyard Burning and Fire Pits
For Burning and Air Quality information, including Recreational Fire Regulations and links to the BC venting index, please visit our Air Quality page. Download the Backyard Burning brochure [PDF - 1 MB].
North Cowichan Fire Department
Fire protection in North Cowichan is provided by a trained and dedicated team of on-call paid firefighters. There are four fire halls throughout North Cowichan, namely: Chemainus, Crofton, Maple Bay, and South End. Each hall has its own Chief, Deputy Chief, Captains, Lieutenants, Secretary, Treasurer, and regular firefighters, all of whom are members of the North Cowichan Fire Department.
Would you like more information about becoming a firefighter?
North Cowichan has four paid-on-call fire halls: Chemainus, Crofton, Maple Bay and South End. Each hall does its own hiring, with the Human Resources Department assisting with the application process.
Paid-on-call firefighters are paid for attending practices, call-outs and duty weekends. Practices are held once a week and usually last a few hours. On duty weekends, which happen once every four weeks, you are expected to remain in the area and in a condition fit for work. You are also required to spend a half day at the hall cleaning and maintaining equipment as part of your duty weekend.
If you are interested in joining the North Cowichan Fire Department, you are required to meet with the Chief of your local hall first to find out more about the commitment required and to have your questions answered.
Fire Department Contact & Media Inquiries:
Martin Drakeley, Manager, Fire and Bylaw Services
9901 Chemainus Road,
|Crofton||1681 Robert Street,
Crofton, V0R 1R0
1230 Maple Bay Road,
Duncan, V9L 5S1
5851 Duncan Street,
Duncan, V9L 3W7
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