You may have heard about High Risk Activities.  These are activities defined specifically by legislation that present a High Probability of starting a fire, but they do not include using your lawn mower or leaf blower.  They do include activities like welding, fireworks, or operating a sawmill or chainsaw. 

For complete information go directly to the BC Wildfire Act:  BC Wildfire Regulation

For quick reference, read below:

What are high-risk activities?

  • mechanical brushing;
  • disk trenching;
  • preparation or use of explosives; (example: fireworks, blasting)
  • using fire or spark-producing tools, including cutting tools; (example: grinders, cutting torches)
  • using or preparing fireworks or pyrotechnics; (example: fireworks, blasting)
  • grinding, including rail grinding; 
  • mechanical land clearing; (example: excavator, skidder)
  • clearing and maintaining rights of way, including grass mowing; (this is a commercial right of way lawn mowing.  NOT RESIDENTIAL LAWN MOWING)

Any of the following activities carried out in a cutblock excluding a road, landing, roadside work area or log sort area in the cutblock:

  • operating a power saw; (unless on a landing)
  • mechanical tree felling, woody debris piling or tree processing, including limbing;
  • welding;
  • portable wood chipping, milling, processing or manufacturing; (unless on a landing)
  • skidding logs or log forwarding unless it is improbable that the skidding or forwarding will result in the equipment contacting rock;
  • yarding logs using cable systems.

During Extreme Conditions with High Temperatures

When temperatures reach 30 C and 30 humidity or lower, all industrial and residential activity is prohibited (excepting for emergency use) until temperature falls below 30 for three days.