Gabriola’s high wildfire hazard status

We take the ‘No Fire’ signs down as soon as a ban is rescinded. If they are up, they are in effect.

During a fire ban, BBQ briquet or propane BBQs, Hibatchis, and fireplaces (6″ flames max.) are permitted as long as all safety precautions are followed.

Woodstoves are permitted to be used to warm your home -if necessary- but definitely not for burning garbage.

Please ensure the chimney is clean, as a chimney fire could spread easily.

When Gabriola’s fire status is listed as high, 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:

  • UNLESS A BURNING BAN IS IN PLACE, Small 1/2 Metre campfires are allowed, provided that they are not left unattended and that all safety precautions are followed, and it is not windy.
  • Fires in incinerators and burn barrels are allowed unless a ban is in effect.


  • The use of powered equipment is allowed. This includes chainsaws, lawnmowers, weed eaters, chippers, etc.
  • Industrial operations, such as logging, are permitted.
  • 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 high, unless a fire ban is in effect:

  • You may not burn any pile larger than 1/2 cubic metre.
  • Beach fires are not permitted.
  • You may not burn prohibited materials (such as garbage, plastic, etc).
  • 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.