Open Burning Ban Remains in Effect

UPDATE: September 10, 2018

The open burning ban remains in effect for the Municipality of North Cowichan. The current status of open burning, including information about bans that may be in place, can always be found on our Air Quality and Opening Burning webpage.


As per section 10(2) of the Fire Protection Bylaw 2008, BYLAW NO. 3340, an Open Burning Ban will be imposed for the entire Municipality of North Cowichan, effective at noon on July 18, 2018 until 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:

  • Campfires
  • Category 2 open fires
  • Category 3 open fires
  • Fires burning woody debris in outdoor stoves
  • The use of tiki torches, fireworks, firecrackers, sky lanterns, burning barrels or burning
  • cages of any size or description
  • The use of binary exploding targets (e.g. for rifle target practice)

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.