Fire Danger Rating

Campfires, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires are now prohibited on Bowen Island and throughout the province of B.C. This prohibition will remain in effect until 12:00 p.m. (noon) on October 15, 2021, or until the order is rescinded.

In addition, the following activities are prohibited

  • The use of fireworks
  • The use of sky lanterns
  • The use of burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description
  • The use of binary exploding targets
  • The use of tiki and similar kinds of torches
  • The use of Chimineas
  • The use of outdoor stoves or other portable campfire apparatus without a CSA or ULC rating

The Fire Danger Rating is currently EXTREME

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

The following are not permitted in BC from June 30, 2021 to October 15, 2021: sky lanterns, fireworks, burn barrels and burn cages, binary exploding targets, tiki torches, chimineas, air curtain burners, and outdoor stoves or portable campfires without a Canadian Standards Association or Underwriter Laboratories of Canada rating.

Use of BBQs in Public Spaces

BBQs are permitted in public spaces and on beaches when the fire danger rating is LOW or MODERATE and restricted to propane only during HIGH. BBQs must be 75 cm or 29.5 inches off the ground and must have Canadian Standards Association or Underwriter Laboratories of Canada rating.

Campfire regulations

Campfires are prohibited on Bowen Island and throughout B.C. from June 30, 2021 to October 15, 2021.

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).

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. 

Always have dousing equipment at hand, and extinguish campfire completely when finished.

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.


Last Updated on 2021-07-27 at 9:25 AM