Burning Information


 FIRE DANGER RATING

(updated 08/16/2017

A campfire ban will be in effect as of 12:00 (noon) on Thursday, July 6, 2017 across the Sunshine Coast. The Coastal Fire Centre has expanded Section 12 Restricted Activities to include the use of tiki torches, chiminea’s, and non CSA&ULC approved outdoor stoves and cooking devices. Please contact your local fire department for more information. http://www.scrd.ca/fire_rescue

BURNING SEASON

Backyard burning will only be permitted between April 1st to April 15th and Oct 15th to Nov 15th (inclusive).This includes all yard and garden fires, burning barrels and screened incineratos.

CAMPFIRES PERMITTED: Seasoned Wood Only (Year Round)

Below you will find general information about burning. If you are in doubt, especially during the summer season, call the fire department at:604-885-6872

Open burning in Halfmoon Bay is regulated by SCRD Fire Protection Bylaw #631 and HMB Smoke Control Bylaw No. 622

CAMPFIRES (INCLUDES BEACHFIRES)

PERMIT: No Permit Required.

PURPOSE: Fires for cooking, warmth and ceremonial purposes. (fueled by seasoned wood only)

SIZE: Must not exceed 0.5 metres in height and 0.5 metres in diameter.

CLEARANCE: At least 3 metres from any log, stump, snag, standing tree or wooden structure.

BANS: During periods when fuels are dry (spring, summer or fall) and the fire danger increases, the Fire Chief may need to impose bans or restrictions.

BACKYARD BURNING  (CLASS B FIRES)

PERMIT: No Permit Required. (Enforced by the SCRD Smoke Control Bylaw)

PURPOSE: A small backyard fire for burning waste material. The accumulations are normally hand piled, garden refuse waste materials and may be contained within a (burning barrel).

SIZE: Not to exceed 1 metre in height and 2 metres in diameter.

CLEARANCE: Not less than 15 metres from any building, 5 metres from property line and at a safe distance from all combustible materials.

BANS: Class B Fires are only permitted from April 1st to April 15th and Oct 15th to Nov 15th (inclusive), when the Ventilation Index as issued by the Province of BC is rated as “GOOD” for the Central Vancouver Island Coastal Region.

LANDCLEARING FIRES (CLASS A FIRES)

PERMIT: Fire Safety Burning Permit Required

PURPOSE: A fire used for burning land-clearing debris on private property.

SIZE: Large machine piled fires.

CLEARANCE: Not less than 15 metres from standing timber, combustible materials and any property line. Not less than 100 metres of a neighbouring residence or business, and not less than 500 metres of a school in session, hospital or extended health care facility.

BANS: During periods when fuels are dry (spring, summer or fall) and the fire danger increases, the Fire Chief may need to impose bans or restrictions.

VENTING INDEX: ensure that the Ventilation index is “good” on the day you start the burn and forecast to be “good” or “fair” on the following day.

The mandate of the fire department is to address safety. smoke is a nuisance and does not fall within fire department jurisdiction. If someone is burning in their yard and following the regulations they may continue to do so. If their smoke is causing a problem for you please talk to them and let them know about your concerns.

PERSONS WHO CONTRAVENES, VIOLATES OR FAILS TO COMPLY WITH ANY PROVISION OF THE BYLAW IS SUBJECT TO FINES UP TO $10,000.00.

SMOKE COMPLAINTS

ENFORCEMENT IS COVERED YEAR ROUND BY HMB SMOKE CONTROL BYLAW #622  (SCRD Bylaw Officer)

SCRD Bylaw Enforcement Officer can be reached by email bylaw.compliance@scrd.ca or call 604-885-6800. If calling outside regular office hours follow the prompt to the answering service.

For complaints regarding smoke from land clearing fires or large scale burning call the Conservation Office at 1-877-952-7277