Moderate hazard rating 

Gabriola’s Moderate wildfire hazard status

When Gabriola’s fire status is listed as Moderate, this means that normal operations are permitted but to be cautious as the forest fuels are beginning to dry out and surface fuels can combust.

For more information please visit the provincial fire danger website.

Activities that are permitted

When our wildfire hazard rating is Moderate:

  • Burning permits are issued – contact the fire Department if you need one.

  • Small campfires are allowed.

  • The use of powered equipment is allowed. This includes chainsaws, lawnmowers, weed eaters, chippers, etc.

  • Industrial operations, such as logging, are permitted.

  • Fires in 200L (55Gal)  burn barrels and camp fires no larger than 0.5 cubic meter (0.5m by 0.5m by 0.5m) are allowed.

  • 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:​

  • Beach fires are not permitted.

  • You may not burn prohibited materials.

  • You may not cause hazards or excess smoke.

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