The outdoor burning season has officially come to a close and will resume in October, 2024!


Small backyard recreational fires are still permitted unless there is a Provincial ban in place for Category 1 fires.


We limit outdoor burning in Central Saanich for a few different reasons:

  • To reduce fire risk

  • Preserve air quality

  • Protect our environment

Small backyard recreational fires - what you need to know:

  • Recreational Fires are permitted during this time (unless there is a provincial fire ban).
  • Recreational fires are permitted regardless of the Venting Index unless a fire ban is in place. A recreational fire is a maximum size of 1.5 feet (0.5 meters) high by 1.5 feet wide using clean, proper firewood for recreation purposes, which includes cooking or heating. 
  • Recreational fires must be situated at least 3 meters away from any building, structure, fence, property line, trees, bushes or other combustible materials.

Don’t hesitate to contact the Central Saanich Fire Department if you have questions or concerns about burning regulations, or if you would like to set up an appointment to have one of our Fire Department Officers come by to provide you with a complimentary safety inspection of your outdoor burning appliance at 250-544-4238 or send an email to fdadmin@csaanich.ca

Thank you for your cooperation in improving air quality creates a healthier community for residents and protects our natural environment.

Important Burning Information