Burning Regulation

Campfire Ban

Effective at 12 noon on August 17, 2016, the Ministry of Forests will prohibit campfires in all areas of the Coastal Fire Centre (which includes all Provincial Campsites) - see attached Information Bulletin.

The District of Metchosin will be following these restriction - as of noon tomorrow, August 17 - all campfires will be prohibited within municipal boundaries.

This prohibition due to increased daily temperatures with no precipitation in the immediate forecast. This prohibition will remain in effect until October 1, 2016, or the public is otherwise notified. 

Please note:  

  • Beach Fires are no longer allowed at any beach within the District of Metchosin.
  • Incinerators, Open Yard Burning and Land Clearing burns are prohibited until October 1, 2016.
  • Propane fire pits, briquettes and gas BBQ’s are still allowed at this time.

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!

Cheers,

Stephanie Dunlop

Fire Chief | Emergency Program Coordinator

Metchosin Fire Department

firechief@metchosinfire.ca
C 250-883-4472 | W 250-478-1307

 

BEACH FIRES

METCHOSIN BANS BEACH FIRES  - Effective Immediately

METCHOSIN, BC   The District of Metchosin has decided to shut down beach fires. 
We are the last municipality within the CRD to allow beach fires, and Taylor and Sandgate (Wiers) beaches have become well known throughout the region and beyond as the ‘go to’ place for beach fires. This has caused an increase in the number of fires - sometimes upwards of 30-40 a night.
“Sadly the situation is getting out of hand with too many fires, it is another example of the impacts that the urban pressures are having on our rural lifestyle” reports Mayor John Ranns
At its Council meeting on Monday, June 15, 2015 – the District of Metchosin Council voted unanimously to ban all beach fires effective immediately. 
The Metchosin Fire Department and CRD Bylaw will be patrolling the beaches to educate and enforce the new regulations.  Signs have been posted advising of the beach fire ban.

Contact Information:

Fire Chief Stephanie Dunlop
METCHOSIN FIRE DEPARTMENT
P: 250-478-1307 / C: 250-883-4472

 

When Allowed - Open Burning for 2014 Guidelines - See Below for Details

If you have any further questions or concerns, please call the Fire Chief, Stephanie Dunlop at 250-478-1307

Residential Yard Burning: CLOSED - May 31, 2014 at 6pm
Incinerator Burning:  CLOSED - May 31, 2014 at 6pm
Land Clearing Fires:  CLOSED - May 31, 2014 at 6pm

Campfires:  CLOSED - July 19, 2014 at 12:01am at 12:01am (Friday Midnight)
Beach  Fires:   BANNED - EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY 

Open burning is allowed between October 1st and May 31st.  Please check the venting index for good burning days

Residential Yard Waste Burning/Incinerator - WHEN ALLOWED

  • No permit required
  • Must be a clean drum or barrel with screen
  • No larger than 6’ in diameter & height
  • Must have a hose or other reasonable means to control the fire
  • Must be fully extinguished by 6 pm (no smoke from smoldering embers)
  • Smoldering causes lingering smoke which is the primary complaint we receive
  • Only natural yard debris can be burned – no construction waste or household garbage
  • Ensure burning materials are dry and clean
  • The burning of any wet garbage, organic food waste, plastic, rubber, asphalt shingles or any similar  materials is prohibited
  •  Fire must be 20’ away from fences and structures / 10’ away from trees and logs
  • Incinerators must be in a clean drum or barrel with a screen
  • While burning is in progress, adult supervision must be present at the burn site
  • Burning shall not be conducted during high wind conditions
  • Burning which permits smoke to obscure any public roadway is prohibited
  • Burning should be limited to a maximum of three times per week

 Camp Fires - WHEN ALLOWED

  •   No permit required
  •   Fires must be not larger than 2’ in diameter
  •   Must have a shovel or bucket – an effective means of extinguishing the fire
  •   Fire must be fully extinguished by midnight
  •   Fire must be 20’ away from fences and structures / 10’ away from trees and logs

Land Clearing Burns  -  WHEN ALLOWED

  •   Must comply with the BC Environment Management Act and Open Burning Smoke Control Regulations
  •   Permit Required - Fire Chief will go over regulations at that time
  •   Permits issued at the discretion of the Fire Chief or designate and can be recalled at any time
  •   Venting index must be “good” on the day you start the burn and “fair” or better on the second day
  •   May burn a maximum of four times a year per parcel
  •   Maximum 3 consecutive days of burning
  •   Maximum 3 permits per property per year
  •   Must have a machine at the burn site
  •   Must have a minimum 15 days in between permits

ONLY DRY LEAVES, TREE TRIMMINGS & RESIDENTIAL YARD DEBRIS ARE ACCEPTABLE BURNING MATERIALS.

THE BURNING OF ANY CONSTRUCTION WASTE, DEMOLITION DEBRIS, WET GARBAGE, FOOD OR HOUSEHOLD WASTE, PLASTIC, RUBBER, ASPHALT SHINGLES, OR OTHER SIMILAR MATERIAL IS PROHIBITED.

Additional Regulations that apply to all burning

  • A responsible person must be in constant supervision of the fire
  • Water source must be available at all times