Saturna Island Burning Regulations
Outdoor burning on Saturna Island is regulated by CRD bylaw 3452, which can be found at:
The bylaw distinguishes between 3 kinds of outdoor fires:
CLASS A – open burning of debris in piles larger than 2m wide x 1m high, and any land clearing debris
CLASS B – open burning of debris in piles smaller than 2m wide x 1m high
CLASS C – includes campfires, which are fires less than 0.5m wide used for cooking, or warmth. Also includes the use of domestic incinerators, which are steel burn barrels or other fireproof containers capped with steel mesh with holes no larger than 3/8” (10mm).
CLASS A fires require a permit year-round. A permit (registration number) can be obtained by phoning (888) 797-1717. A copy of the WILDFIRE ACT AND REGULATION can be viewed on the BC Forest Service website at: bcwildfire.ca/LegReg/ which outlines the obligations of those undertaking open burning.
In the NATIONAL PARK, or GINPR, there are NO FIRES permitted anytime.
CLASS B fires require a permit during Fire Season, which runs from April 15 – October 31st, or as extended by the fire chief. At all times of the year, the fires must:
- Be 10m from any building, structure, fence, tree or hedge
- Have no green (less than 30 days old) debris
- Be for no more than 4 consecutive days
- Have no materials added within 2 hours of sunset
- Be continuously controlled and supervised, with sufficient tools, water and labour on site to control and prevent it from spreading.
CLASS C fires do not require a permit, but permission to have them will be canceled by the fire chief when weather conditions warrant. They must also be used responsibly all year round, and a full set of conditions can be read in the bylaw linked above.
Other activities that can be prohibited at times of the year are industrial and “high risk activities”, which include, but are not limited to, mechanical brushing, use of explosives or fireworks, use of spark-producing tools, use of a vehicle with metal tracks, chains or studs, wood milling, logging, etc.
The fire chief and his/her agents take direction from the BC wildfire service on when to permit or prohibit various burning and other outdoor activities that entail fire risk.