Updated April 16, 2024

Category 3 Fire – open burning larger than 3m wide x 2m high – Permitted. Call 1 888 797-1717

                                       for a registration number and check the Venting index Map (below)

                                   – More info on Category 3 fires HERE


Category 2 Fire – open burning smaller than 3m wide x 2m high – Permitted. Permit required.

                              Get you permit HERE

                                      – Fires must be 10m from any building, structure, fence, tree or hedge or property line

                                  – if burning woody debris thicker than 4″, you must check the Venting Index Map (below)

                                  – More info on Category 2 fires HERE

Incinerators use of domestic incinerators (burn barrels capped with 3/8” steel mesh) – Permitted


Campfires  – Campfires less than 0.5m (2’) wide – Permitted

                            – More info on campfires HERE

“HIGH RISK” ACTIVITIES – No restrictions

                                                   – For more information on high risk activities, Click HERE

NO FIRES ANYTIME of any kind in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve (National Park)



For further detail, please see “Saturna Island Burn Regulations”, below:

Venting Index Interactive Map




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.