On July 10, 2013 the CVRD enacted CVRD Bylaw No. 3716  – Smoke Control Regulation Bylaw, 2013. This bylaw effectively restricts Backyard Burning to 2 time periods ONLY – March 15 to April 15 and October 15 to November 15.

Read more here: Know the Rules!

Read the Entire Bylaw: CVRD Bylaw No. 3716


Reporting of Burning Complaints

To report burning of construction debris, garbage and prohibited materials:

Anytime – Call the BC Conservation Officer Service Report All Poachers & Polluters (RAPP) Line at 1-877-952-7277

To report Backyard Burns

For backyard burning in CVRD Electoral Areas, contact CVRD Bylaw Enforcement at 250-746-2500.

If the Fire is a threat to life or property, immediately dial 9-1-1

Please call 9-1-1 ONLY for emergency fire response. Volunteer Firefighters are paged from their regular work and family lives to respond to emergencies.


Backyard Burning (Category 2 Open Fire)

Under the Wildfire Regulation Backyard Burning (Category 2 open fire) is a fire that:

  • burns material in one pile not exceeding 2 meters (6 feet) in height and 3 meters (10 feet) in width; or,
  • burns material concurrently in 2 piles each not exceeding 2 meters (6 feet) in height and 3 meters (10 feet) in width; or,
  • burns stubble or grass over an area that does not exceed 0.2 hectares (less than 2,000 square meters / 6,500 square feet); or,
  • is not a campfire.

A Guide to Category 2 Open Fires – Click to open


The following materials must not be included with debris that is open burned:

  • tires
  • treated lumber
  • plastics
  • railway ties
  • drywall
  • manure
  • demolition waste
  • rubber
  • domestic waste
  • asphalt and asphalt products
  • paint
  • hazardous waste
  • fuel and lubricant containers
  • tar papaer
  • biomedical waste

Burn Barrels

Burn barrels have been included under Category 2 open fires and are therefore subject to the Category 2 open burning restrictions.
Burn barrels should be located well away from buildings and other combustible items. Burn barrels should have proper ventilation,
screens and should never be left burning unattended.


Under the Wildfire Regulation a Campfire means an open fire that burns piled material no larger than 0.5 meters (1 1/2 feet) in diameter. A campfire must have a clear firebreak at least 1 meter (3 feet) around the fire.

A Guide to Campfires and Outdoor Stoves – Click to open


Outdoor Stoves / Propane Camfires

An outdoor stove is a device that uses liquid or gaseous fuel, or briquettes, and is manufactured for the purpose of heating or cooking. It does not include a fire vented through a structure that has a flue and is incorporated in a building.

A portable campfire apparatus is a free standing fireplace that burns liquid or gaseous fuel designed to provide ambiance and heat. The flame is usually open to the elements but may have grating to assist with cooking food. During campfire prohibitions, only CSA or ULC approved portable campfire devices may be used and flame length must not exceed 15 centimeters (6 inches).

A Guide to Campfires and Outdoor Stoves – Click to open