Wildfire hazard ratings

Gabriola’s current wildfire hazard rating (low, moderate, high, or extreme) is posted on this website in our sidebar. There are also signs around the island: in front of the Gabriola Post Office, on Taylor Bay Road near North Road, and in front of each of our fire halls.

These are the fire hazard ratings we use:

Low

Moderate

High

Unless ‘no fire’ signs are up the following applies-

  • Burning permits are no longer issued.
  • Burn barrels and non-permit fires (small campfires) are still allowed.
  • See the high wildfire hazard status page for more details.

High with Early Shift

  • Burning permits are no longer issued.
  • Open burning is not permitted. So campfires other small fires are not allowed.
  • Burn barrels and non-permit fires (small campfires) are not allowed.
  • Some activities are limited to early shift: there is a 1:00 p.m. stopping time for many private and industrial operations, including all powered equipment such as chainsaws, lawnmowers, weed eaters, chippers, etc.
  • See the high with early shift wildfire hazard status page for more details.

Extreme

  • All open burning is banned.
  • You cannot open any powered equipment at any time.
  • We are in shutdown mode. This means that many industrial operations, such as logging, are suspended. Certain operations may be allowed to continue on a site specific basis, depending on the job classification hazard rating as determined by the Ministry of Forests.
  • A watchman is required: you must have a person at the work site for 1 hour after work has stopped as a precaution against fire. The watchman must have quick access to a telephone in case of an emergency
  • See the extreme wildfire hazard status page for more details.

Please see Gabriola’s Burning Regulations for more details on what you may and may not burn.