Extreme hazard rating 

Extreme wildfire hazard status

Gabriolans must be extremely cautious as forest fuels  will be so 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.

Activities that are permitted

When our wildfire hazard rating is Extreme​

  • Electric string trimmers (weed eaters) with plastic string that contain no metal: is permitted. After the equipment has been used a watchperson must survey the area for a hour, a water supply must be on site for emergencies, and they must have access to a telephone in case of an emergency.

  • Plug in and Battery powered electric Leaf Blowers are allowed.

  • Electric Log Splitters

  • Barbecues.

  • Propane fireplaces are allowed. Flames must be 6 inches or less.

  • Hibachis and similar charcoal-burning stoves are allowed.

  • Safely used and located carpentry tools are not included in the prohibition however it is strongly recommended all work sites have water or a fire extinguisher and a reliable telephone readily available in case of an emergency.

Activities that are not permitted

When our wildfire hazard rating is Extreme:​

  • Open burning of any sort is not permitted and Burn Permits are no longer issued.

  • The use of powered equipment (Gas, Diesel or Electric) is not permitted.
    This includes chainsaws, lawnmowers, chippers, hedge trimmers, metal grinders etc. Gas powered pressure washers require an exemption permit .

  • Other outdoor items such as food smokers, Tiki style torches, are also not permitted to be used.

  • We are now in shutdown mode. This means that many industrial operations, such as logging and land clearing, are suspended. Certain operations may be allowed to continue on a site specific basis, depending on the job classification hazard rating as determined by the Ministry of Forests.

  • A watchman is required: you must have a person at the work site for 1 hour after work has stopped as a precaution against fire. The watchman must have quick access to a telephone in case of an emergency.