Outdoor Burning

Effective at noon on Sunday, October 15, 2017 all open fires will once again be allowed within the Gillies Bay Fire Protection District.

Category 2 open fires and Category 3 open fires will be allowed, as well as campfires, the use of tiki torches, burn barrels, fireworks, sky lanterns and binary exploding targets.

Anyone lighting a Category 3 fire must first obtain a burn registration number by calling 1 888-797-1717. A Category 3 fire is a fire that burns material more than two metres high or three metres wide, stubble or grass over more than 2,000 square metres, or more than two piles of any size.

A poster explaining the different categories of open fires is available online at:

Anyone who lights a fire must comply with B.C.’s air quality control legislation. We urge people to take the following precautions with any outdoor burning:

• Ensure that enough people, water and tools are on hand to control the fire and stop it escaping.
• Do not burn in windy conditions. The weather can change quickly and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material and start new fires.
• Create a fire guard around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material.
• Never leave a fire unattended.
• Make sure that your fire is fully extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before you leave the area for any length of time.

Be a good neighbour! Check the venting index for your area before lighting up! Before you burn any yard debris check to see what your local jurisdiction allows and for optimal venting.

October 13, 2017