Extreme hazard rating
Extreme wildfire hazard status
Gabriolans must be extremely cautious as forest fuels will be extremely dry and will easily ignite, a fire in during this time will rapidly spread and can be difficult to contain.
For more information please visit the provincial fire danger website.
Please read the information below closely so as to keep the island safe during this dry time of the season
What is a high risk activity?
Examples of Industrial activity that can continue after 1pm when the fire hazard rating is High - Early Shift or during Extreme with the fire fighting equipment on site:
Excavating equipment operating on non combustible area
Jackhammering or rock drills
Leaf blowing (gas powered)
Portable water pumps
String trimmer, with a nylon string (gas powered)
Examples of Industrial activity that must cease by 1pm during Extreme, regardless of fire fighting equipment on site:
Lawn mowing (Irrigated, green grass)
String trimmer with metal blades (gas powered)
Examples of high risk activities that cannot continue after 1pm during High - Early Shift and must cease during Extreme, regardless of fire fighting equipment on site:
Tree or brush forwarding
Grinding or cutting to cause sparks (Outdoors)
Industrial mowing of road frontage
Explosives / Fireworks
This Appendix is subject to amendment from time to time.
This appendix is valid as of March 31, 2023
SECTION 15 SAFETY EQUIPMENT
15.1.1 The following safety equipment shall be in place at the work site for a fire rating of
i. high-early shift (after one o’clock in the afternoon);
ii. all day in extreme
a. a working hard line phone service or a cell phone able to complete calls
b. a 2.7kg, or greater, ABC rated fire extinguisher
c. hand tools, such as a mattocks or shovels for each employee on site
d. a tank of water, 946 litres or larger
e. any other equipment deemed necessary by the Fire Chief or his designate
f. a portable pump connected to the water supply with a flow rate of 151 litres per minutes or larger
g. a 38mm hose line of sufficient length to cover the distance from the tank to the furthest point of the operations plus 10 metres
Activities that are permitted
When our wildfire hazard rating is Extreme some activities are permitted but you must take care in the use of the equipment. As a precaution against fire all activities require you to have a water source or 5LB Fire Extinguisher available and a telephone in case of an emergency.
Barbecues and Hibachis powered by propane or charcoal.
Propane fire pits are allowed but Flames must be 6 inches or less and be safely located: For example not placed in tall grass.
CSA Approved, WETT Certified wood stoves installed in a home. But no garbage burning this includes waste paper or card board or yard waste such as garden leaves.
Safely used and located electrically powered carpentry tools such as such as circular saws, table saws, and drills. A watchman is required: you must have a person at the work site for 2 hours after work has stopped as a precaution against fire. The watchman must have quick access to a telephone in case of an emergency.
Activities that are not permitted
When our wildfire hazard rating is Extreme we are in shut down. Below are a list of Prohibited items some items may not be listed, when in doubt Contact the fire department and if you cannot confirm the use of the item then do not proceed to use the equipment.
Open burning of any sort is not permitted:
This includes camp fires, Beach fires, Tiki torches, Rocket stoves, woodstoves not installed in a house and Burn Permits are no longer issued.
The B.C. government has taken a tougher stand on irresponsible behavior that contributes to increased wildfire risks, in an effort to protect communities, natural resources and infrastructure from wildfire damage.
The fire department can and will have the police issue tickets to violators that don't follow restrictions.
A summary of fines can be found on the BC Wildfire page here.
Please see following table for reference before starting any activities...