Information about Open Burning
With exception to Recreational Fires - All other fires in The District of Central Saanich require a permit.
To improve air quality in Central Saanich the regulations for Open Burning have been updated for the 2019/ 2020 burning season.
The updated burning regulations have 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 is permitted on any day when the Venting Index forecast is "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. Permits can be picked up at Fire Station #1 (1512 Keaing Cross Road).
Below are the general requirements for all other Open Burning as per the revised Open Burning Regulation Bylaw 2009
Open fires will be limited to the winter burning season October 16 - May 15
Open fires require a permit from the fire department; the exception being Recreational Fires
Every reasonable alternative for reducing, reusing, or recycling the vegetative debris is to be used in order to minimize the amount of vegetative debris to be open burned;
Every reasonable effort shall be made to minimize any soil content that may be mixed in the with the vegetative debris
Burn piles are to be constructed in a way that maximizes airflow through the vegetative debris in the pile
Open Burning shall not start earlier than 1 hour after sunrise; and end by 4pm or 2 hours before sunset whichever later
The venting forecast for Domestic Yard Waste Fires and Agricultural Purpose Fires must be "Good" or "Fair" for the afternoon (4pm) prediction for Southern Vancouver Island on the day of the burn;
- Open Burning will be permitted for the 2019/ 2020 on Fridays regardless of the Venting Index
Domestic Yard Waste Fires maximum pile size is one meter high by one meter wide; with branches or other pieces of vegetative debris, with or without leaves, that are no greater than 3 cm (1") in diameter. Domestic Yard Waste piles must be situated at least 7.5 meters (25ft) away from any building, structure, fence, property line, trees, bushes or other combustible materials.
Agricultural Purpose Fires are open fires that take place on lands located within the Agricultural Land Reserve, or lands that are deemed to be Farm status by BC Assessment. The open burning is conducted using one to two piles, with each pile being a maximum size of two meters high by three meters wide where branches or other pieces of vegetative debris, with or without leaves, are no greater than 10 cm (4") in diameter. Agricultural Purpose fires must be situated at least 15 meters (50ft) away from any building, structure, fence, property line, trees, bushes or other combustible materials.Please check back to this page as there will be an agricultural burning fact sheet coming from the Province in early October.
Category 3 Fires (As defined by the Wildfire Act) are open fires with three or more piles with each pile being a maximum size of two meters high by three meters wide, or a single pile that is larger than two meters high by three meters wide, or any open fire where the burning of branches or other pieces of vegetative debris with or without leaves that are greater than 10 cm (4"), Permit holders must follow the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulations that was revised on September 15, 2019. Category 3 fires are regulated by the province with no exemptions.
Recreational Fires - Recreational fires are permitted year round regardless of the Venting Index unless a prohibition is in place. A recreational fire is defined as maximum size of 0.5 meters high by 0.5 meters 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.
|Demolition / Construction waste||Rubber|
|Hazardous waste||Fuel and lubricant containers|
|Tar paper||Biomedical waste|
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- Beach fires at Island View Beach are not permitted
If you have any questions, please contact the Fire Prevention Department at 250-544-4238 or visit us at 1512 Keating Cross Road.