Stage 2 water restrictions are now in effect for all North Cowichan water systems
Restrictions on Backyard Burning - October 15 to November 15, 2013
October 11, 2013
Please be aware of theFire Protection Bylaw.
Backyard burning is permitted in all zones from March 15 to April 15 and October 15 to November 15 with the following restrictions:
- NO fire may be burned that produces heavy smoke or fumes, interferes with the normal use or enjoyment of life or property, endangers the health, safety, or welfare of persons or animals, or damages plants or property.
- ONLY burn when the ventilation index is "GOOD" (and the following day is also "GOOD"). View the ventilation index online by visiting the BC Air Quality website, and then scrolling down to view "SRN Vancouver Island".
- Fires must be a minimum of 10 metres (33 feet) from all property lines (this requires approximately a ½ acre lot) and 4 metres (13 feet) from any structures or flammable or combustible material (see diagram).
- Fires may only burn during daylight hours.
- ONLY one hand-piled fire per property permitted at a time.
- The fire may not be more than 2 metres (6.5 feet) in diameter and 2 metres (6.5 feet) in height.
- Burned material must be from the land where the fire is located.
- ONLY untreated natural wood and brush may be burned.
- NO burning of any chemical or material including oil, tar, rubber, plastic, or fertilizer or any construction or demolition waste, treated wood, grass, leaves or materials referred to as garbage or refuse.
Please remember there must be fire fighting equipment available on hand including at least one shovel, rake and garden hose connected to a water source.
Visit our website for more information:
Backyard Burning and Yard Waste Brochure
Backyard Burning and Yard Waste Website Information