OPEN BURNING IS CURRENTLY CLOSED IN CENTRAL SAANICH UNTIL NOVEMBER 1, 2019
Important Information about Open Burning
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.
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.
Below are the general requirements for all other Open Burning - Pending the new bylaw being adopted on October 21st:
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 Friday's 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 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 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.
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Please check back to this page for more details and visit letstalkcentralsaanich for more information regarding this bylaw review.
Visit our Safety & Education page for tips to help protect your family from a wildland fire.
- 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.
Please note these regulations may change in October 2019.
- Fires smaller than 1 meter (3 feet) in diameter do not require a permit.
- Authorized open air fires shall be located at least 7.6 meters (25 feet) from any building, structure, wooden fence, combustible material or property line.
November 1 to end of February
- Authorized open air fires greater than 1 meter (3 feet) in diameter require a burning permit. The permit fee is $20 dollars. These fires shall:
- Not exceed 10 cubic meters per hectare per month.
- Not burn for a duration of more than 24 hours.
- Maintain burning on same land, or adjacent to where the material originated.
- Not use material other than dry wood, paper, cardboard, or diesel fuel to start or enhance the fire.
- Be located at least 7.5 meters (25 feet) from any property line and 60 meters (200 feet) from any building or structure or standing timber or as required for a bona fide agricultural purpose.
Allowed burning days are as follows:
- Thursday and Friday – Sunrise to sunset
- Saturday – Sunrise to noon
- No burning on statutory holidays
The Burning Season in Central Saanich is November 1 to April 30, and governed by the Burning Bylaw.
May 1 to October 31
- All authorized fires require a burning permit and are limited to 1 meter (3 feet) in size are to be located at least:
- 7.5 meters (25 feet) from any property line
- 60 meters (200 feet) from any building or structure
- 60 meters (200 feet) from any standing timber or brush and be limited in size not greater than 1 meter (3 feet) in diameter, or as required for a bona fide agricultural purpose. “Bona Fide Agricultural Purpose” shall mean agricultural burning of crops, or stubble, or burning ordered for the purpose of fire safety, but excluding land clearing burning