To improve air quality in Central Saanich the regulations for Open Burning are being updated for the 2019/ 2020 burning season.
The update will see the current burning regulations replaced with a more balanced approach of burning determined by the Provincial Ventilation Index. On days when the index is poor, smoke does not disperse well into the atmosphere causing poor air quality.
Open burning will be permitted on any day when the venting index is forecast to be Good or Fair. However, in an effort to phase in these changes, for the 2019/2020 burning season, Domestic Yard Waste and Agricultural Purpose Fires will continue to be allowed on Friday's regardless of the venting index.