Learn about Burning

The term “Open Burning” applies to Campfires, Burn Barrels (incinerators), Solid Fuel Appliances, and Burning Yard Waste in Piles.  Open Burning regulations are produced by the province (OBSCR and BC Wildfire) and our local municipality (CRD Bylaw 4489).  

Permits for open burning on Galiano Island are issued by Fire Departments.  

Open Burning is always closed on Galiano during July, August and September.

Fire Departments are also responsible for Orders to Extinguish and issuing Fines.  Each type of Open Burning has different permissions and restrictions so it’s necessary to know the rules and consult your Fire Department before you start burning.  Go to 5 steps to burning for a simple step by step process to follow.

Always supervise your burning no matter what type. Make sure it is completely extinguished and unburned fuels are properly disposed of or stored.

Types of Burning

Campfires

  • Burn seasoned wood, not yard waste.  
  • Size restriction is 0.5 m (18″) Height and Diameter.
  • Restricted during High and Extreme Fire Danger and during Open Burning Ban every July, August and September.
  • Permits are required.

Solid Fuel Appliances

  • Always install in an area (3m) clear of vegetation or other flammable material.
  • Outdoor Wood or Wood pellet burning Oven
  • Charcoal BBQ
  • Smokers
  • These “appliances” are allowed to be used during all seasons; however, their use can result in smoke complaints during summer months and present a risk of starting a fire if used negligently or recklessly.  Consult your fire department before use and follow the safety precautions required in Bylaw 4489.
  • Annual permits are required.

Burn Barrels

  • Referred to as Incinerators in Bylaw 4489.
  • Restricted during High and Extreme Fire Danger and during Open Burning Ban every July, August and September.
  • Permits required

Open Burning

  • Any piling of woody or vegetative debris commonly created during property maintenance.
  • Category 2 piles are less than 3 meters in diameter (most backyard burning).
  • Category 3 piles are larger than 3 meters in diameter (most land clearing activity).
  • Category 3 fires require BC Wildfire Service Registration.
  • All Open Burning of materials greater than 10 cm (4″) in diameter, must follow the provisions of BC’s Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation. Check out our tips for Reducing Smoke.
  • Restricted during High and Extreme Fire Danger and during Open Burning Ban every July, August and September.
  • Permits are required per use.