Gabriola’s low wildfire hazard status

When Gabriola’s fire status is listed as low, this means that normal operations are permitted.

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

Fires may start easily and spread quickly but there will be minimal involvement of deeper fuel layers or larger fuels.

Activities that are permitted

When our wildfire hazard rating is low:

  • Burning permits are issued – contact the fire chief if you need one.
  • Small campfires are allowed.
  • The use of powered equipment is allowed. This includes chainsaws, lawnmowers, weed eaters, chippers, etc.
  • Industrial operations, such as logging, are permitted.
  • Fires in incinerators and burn barrels no larger than 1 cubic metre (1m by 1m by 1m) are allowed.
  • Barbecues are allowed.
  • Propane fireplaces are allowed. Flames must be 6 inches or less.
  • Hibatchis and similar charcoal-burning stoves are allowed.

Activities that are not permitted

When our wildfire hazard rating is low:

  • Class B fires are not permitted unless you have a permit.
  • Beach fires are not permitted.
  • You may not burn prohibited materials.
  • You may not cause hazards or excess smoke.

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