Outdoor Fire Bylaw Details

The new Savary Island Fire Bylaw was adopted on June 27, 2019. It allows everyone to better anticipate burning restrictions, as well as reduce the risk of wildfire in the hot dry peak of summer. Here are some of the key revisions to the old bylaw:

    • A maximum penalty of $2,000 for violating any provision in the bylaw.
    • Burn piles (i.e. backyard burns, contractor burns) will be prohibited during the months of June, July, August, and September.
    • Campfires will be prohibited during the months of July, August, and September.
    • Fire Chief can announce prohibitions at any other time of year if necessary.
    • Fire Chief can prohibit high-risk activities if conditions warrant it.
    • High-risk activities are clearly identified in the proposed bylaw.

It is hoped that this bylaw will reduce the fire callouts that still occur every summer on Savary. These 9-1-1 callouts require that the SIVFD attend and extinguish outdoor fires, incur costs to the department, and put the island at risk of costly and potentially dangerous wildfires. Download the Savary Island Outdoor Fire Control Bylaw No. 549 here: Savary Island Fire Bylaw No. 549

For further information contact Ryan Thoms, qRD Manager of Emergency Services, at RThoms@qathet.ca

Free FireSmart Assessment

There is a new program available from the qathet Regional District for assessing your property for its exposure to the risks of wildfire. To get an idea of what that means, watch their YouTube video: FireSmart Your Home. FireSmart Coordinator Marc Albert takes you through some basic steps you can take to reduce wildfire loss of your home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLHFPpdXaBY

If you can’t do the branch and debris cleanup on your own, there is also a rebate program for property owners who make FireSmart improvements to their properties. For a free assessment and more information contact the qRD’s FireSmart Coordinator at firesmartpr@gmail.com or call 604-414-7839.