Fire Danger Rating

All open burning is prohibited

March 31 - October 15, 2020

All open burning is prohibited until further notice.

The Metro Vancouver Regional District and the province have banned all open burning to protect community members who may have breathing difficulties during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Camp fires for warmth or cooking are permitted on private property under strict conditions (see below). No beach fires are premitted.

Indoor residential fires are still permitted.

Campfire regulations

Campfires as defined below by the Wildfire Regulation definitions are allowed as long as only dry wood is burned. No leaves, wet wood or green waste permitted as these will cause large amounts of smoke. 

Campfire - An open fire that meets both of the following requirements (as defined in the Wildfire Regulation (s.1):

(a) the open fire burns material in one pile no larger than 0.5 m in height and 0.5 m in width;
(b) the open fire is lit, fuelled or used

(i)  by any person for a recreational purpose, or
(ii)  by a first nation for a ceremonial purpose.

The Fire Danger Rating is currently MODERATE

The Fire Chief updates the Fire Danger Rating notice board in Snug Cove as conditions change. Please check Alerts and Advisories for the current fire danger rating.

What the danger class ratings mean

Low: Fires may start easily and spread quickly but there will be minimal involvement of deeper fuel layers or larger fuels.

Moderate: Forest fuels are drying and there is an increased risk of surface fires starting. Carry out any forest activities with caution.

High: Forest fuels are very dry and the fire risk is serious. New fires may start easily, burn vigorously, and challenge fire suppression efforts. Extreme caution must be used in any forest activities. Open burning and industrial activities may be restricted.

Extreme: Extremely dry forest fuels and the fire risk is very serious. New fires will start easily, spread rapidly, and challenge fire suppression efforts. General forest activities may be restricted, including open burning, industrial activities and campfires.


Restrictions based on Fire Danger rating

A campfire is defined as an open fire that burns piled material no larger than 0.5 m in height and 0.5 m in width and is used by a person for recreational purposes (e.g. cooking or warmth).


Last Updated on 2020-04-20 at 3:52 PM