Stage 2 water restrictions are now in effect for all North Cowichan water systems
Category 2 Open Burning Ban
May 29, 2019
As per section 10(2) of the Fire Protection Bylaw, Category 2 Open Burning is banned, consistent with the BC Wildfire Service, effective at noon on Thursday, May 30, 2019. This ban will remain in place until further notice to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.
The Category 2 ban prohibits:
- burning of any material (piled or unpiled) smaller than 2 metres high and 3 metres wide;
- burning of stubble or grass fires over an area less than 2,000 square metres;
- use of fireworks, firecrackers, sky lanterns, burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description; and
- use of binary exploding targets (e.g. for rifle target practice).
This ban does NOT include campfires that are smaller than a half-metre high by a half-metre wide, or apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes. Anyone lighting a campfire must maintain a fireguard by removing flammable debris from around the campfire area and have a hand tool or at least eight litres of water available nearby to properly extinguish the fire. Anyone lighting a campfire must ensure it is completely extinguished before leaving the area.
This helpful poster explains the difference between campfires, Category 2, and Category 3 fires.
For more information, please contact:
Local Assistant to the Fire Commissioner