High EArly Shift hazard rating 

Gabriola’s High with early shift wildfire hazard status


When Gabriola’s fire status has been listed as High for 4 days and no significant rain has fallen we move into High With Early Shift.

Gabriolans must be very cautious as forest fuels  will be very dry and may easily ignite and fire can spread very rapidly. 

For more information please visit the provincial fire danger website.

Activities that are permitted

When our wildfire hazard rating is High Early Shift:​

  • The use of powered equipment (gas, diesel or electric) is allowed, but only before 1pm. This includes chainsaws, lawnmowers, weed eaters, chippers, etc.

  • Industrial operations, such as logging, are permitted but only before 1pm.

  • A watchperson is required: you must have a person at the work site for 1 hour after work has stopped as a precaution against fire. The watchperson should survey the area where work was being performed and look for any signs of fire in the incipient stages and must have quick access to a telephone in case of an emergency.

  • Barbecues are allowed.

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

  • Hibachis and similar charcoal-burning stoves are allowed.
     

Activities that are not permitted

When our wildfire hazard rating is low:​

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

  • The use of powered equipment (gas, diesel or electric) after 1pm is not permitted. This includes chainsaws, lawnmowers, weed eaters, chippers, etc.

  • Generally speaking, safely used and located carpentry tools are not included in the prohibition.


There are additional requirements and details you should know about; please see Gabriola’s burning regulations page for details.