High early

Gabriola’s high with early shift wildfire hazard status

When Gabriola’s fire status is listed as high with early shift, this means that many restrictions are in place.

BC Wildfire has this to say about the danger class high:

Forest fuels are very dry and the fire risk is serious. New fires may start easily, burn vigorously, and challenge fire suppression efforts. Extreme caution must be used in any forest activities. Open burning and industrial activities may be restricted.

Activities that are permitted

When our wildfire hazard rating is high with early shift:

  • The use of powered equipment is allowed, but only before 1pm. This includes chainsaws, lawnmowers, weed eaters, chippers, etc.
  • Industrial operations, such as logging, are permitted until 1 pm.
  • 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.
  • Barbecues are allowed.
  • Propane fireplaces are allowed. Flames must be 6 inches or less.
  • Hibatchis and similar charcoal-burning stoves are allowed.

You must use extreme care and have safety precautions in place when using anything that produces heat, as the island is alarmingly dry.

Activities that are not permitted

When our wildfire hazard rating is high with early shift:

  • Open burning of any sort is not permitted.
  • The use of powered equipment after 1 pm is not permitted. This includes chainsaws, lawnmowers, weed eaters, chippers, etc.

There are additional requirements and details you should know about; please see Gabriola’s burning regulations page for details.