For more clarification on high risk activities, Click HERE
“Early shift” means high risk activities must cease by 1pm, and be followed by a 2-hour fire watch. During that time, non-high risk activities can be completed, while someone remains at the site and monitors for any sign of smoke. The fire watch requires at least 1 competent person to be on site with water and digging tools. They should also be able to contact 911 if necessary.
“Shut down” means all high risk activities are banned, unless written permission is issued by the fire chief or designate.
Saturna Island Burning Regulations
Outdoor burning on Saturna Island is regulated primarily by CRD bylaw 4489. An excellent guide to the bylaw is HERE
Info about the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation, which governs the ventilation index, can be found at:
CRD blyaw 4489 can be found at:
In the NATIONAL PARK, or GINPR, there are NO FIRES permitted anytime.
The fire chief and his/her agents take direction from the BC wildfire service, the CRD bylaw and nearby fire departments on when to permit or prohibit various burning and other outdoor activities that entail fire risk. Ultimately, the Fire chief has the authority under the CRD bylaw to determine when to restrict any activities that involve risk of fire.