(File photo)

West Shore municipalities have individual burning guidelines

Call your local fire department or refer to bylaws if still unsure

West Shore municipalities each have their own regulations on burning. Here’s what you should know from your local government before grabbing a lighter:

View Royal

Outdoor burning of any kind in town is prohibited. The ban applies to both open air and incinerator fires, including in barrels and drums.

However, the burning ban doesn’t apply to: indoor residential fireplaces or wood stoves or solid fuel burning appliances;

outdoor gas-fired appliances; outdoor appliances that use charcoal briquettes; and ceremonial burns or fires for the purposes of training the Town’s Fire Department.

Full regulations can be found in the Town’s Fire Services Bylaw. Contact the Fire Department at 250-479-7322.

ALSO READ: View Royal Fire celebrates 70th anniversary

Colwood

The city bans open yard fires, beach fires and campfires. Fires for land clearing, demolition and construction waste fires are also not allowed. Beach fires at Esquimalt Lagoon are forbidden.

Charcoal or gas barbecues, portable gas campfires and smokers for curing food are OK.

Contained outdoor burning appliances are permitted as long as the fire rating is not ‘high’ or ‘extreme,’ and the following safety restrictions are followed: Outdoor burning appliances must be manufactured for burning. The fire box size must not exceed 61 centimeters by 61 centimeters. The burning appliance must be mounted or used above or below grade level. Outdoor burning appliances must be 6 meters from any building, fence or combustible materials. Means to extinguish the fire must be available.

Outdoor burning appliances are permitted between dawn and 10 p.m. Residents and visitors can still roast marshmallows at the beach. In fact, portable propane, charcoal briquette or natural gas appliances are permitted as long as the fire rating is low.

Contact the Colwood Fire Station for questions or concerns about burning regulations or a complimentary safety inspection of a newly installed outdoor burning appliance.

ALSO READ: Colwood beach fire prompts fire ban reminder

Metchosin

Land-clearing fires require a permit. Campfires and residential yard burnings are now open and burning with an incinerator is closed permanently.

Only dry leaves, tree trimmings and residential yard debris are acceptable burning materials. Burning is allowed from Oct. 1 to May 31, between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Campfires don’t require a permit and must: be at or under two feet in diameter; only burn clean dry firewood; be 20 feet away from any structure, trees, fence or shrubs; have a hose or tool to control the fire; and be fully extinguished with water by midnight.

Fires are not allowed on any beach within the district. Land clearing fires must comply with provincial laws and have a written permit on site from the Metchosin Fire Department.

Venting Index must be ‘good’ the day of and ‘fair’ the day after the burn. Residents may burn a maximum of four times a year, per parcel. Permits are issued at the discretion of the fire chief or designate – and can be recalled at any time.

ALSO READ: Wildfire deployment an eye-opening experience for Metchosin Fire Chief

Highlands

All open burning requires a permit. Campfires for recreational purposes are permitted. Incinerator burning is permitted with an appropriate screen cover.

Piles larger than one metre by one metre require a permit year-round. Burns one metre by one metre or smaller may require a permit. Permits can be obtained by contacting the fire chief at 250-920-6970 or firechief@highlands.ca.

ALSO READ: New Highland fire hall features numerous benefits for community

Langford

The city has two permitted burn periods: between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30 and March 15 and April 15. Burning is banned on long weekends.

The fire must have 6 meters of clearance from any structure and 3 meters from shrubbery and wooden fences. The base of the open fire can be up to 1.5 metres by 1.5 metres.

A residential property is allowed a maximum of two permits per burning period – up to 20 permits will be issued per day throughout the city. Burning is permitted from sunrise to sunset, and only leaves and tree trimmings are allowed. Burning is also not permitted during high wind periods, even if a permit has already been issued.

ALSO READ: UPDATE: 100-foot high rescue from tower crane in Langford

swikar.oli@goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Free-B Film Festival celebrates 20th anniversary

Head to Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park to see some family favourites on the big screen

Join North Saanich invasives removal and experience three key benefits

Friends of North Saanich Parks says July 27 clear-up will be rewarding as well as green

Light up August with a lantern building workshop in Sidney

ArtSea workshops in preparation for Aug. 24 Salish Sea Lantern Festival

Esquimalt gives six-storey rental complex the green light

A new apartment building is set to go up on Admirals Road

Colwood field lacrosse camp aims to get more kids involved

Victoria Field Youth Lacrosse hopes to inspire future athletes

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

A year later, ceremony commemorates victims of the Danforth shooting

It’s the one-year anniversary of when a man opened fire along the bustling street before shooting and killing himself

Japanese Canadians call on B.C. to go beyond mere apology for historic racism

The federal government apologized in 1988 for its racism against ‘enemy aliens’

B.C. VIEWS: NDP pushes ahead with Crown forest redistribution

This isn’t the time for a radical Indigenous rights agenda

Two dead in two-vehicle crash between Revelstoke and Golden

RCMP are investigating the cause of the crash

Ottawa fights planned class action against RCMP for bullying, intimidation

The current case is more general, applying to employees, including men, who worked for the RCMP

Alberta judge denies B.C.’s bid to block ‘Turn Off the Taps’ bill

He said the proper venue for the disagreement is Federal Court

Canadian high school science courses behind on climate change, says UBC study

Researchers found performance on key areas varies by province and territory

Most Read