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Fire Chief’s Update: Friday, July 23, 2021

Total Fire Ban on Denman Island

Please be advised that there is a TOTAL FIRE BAN on Denman Island. Campfires and beach fires are prohibited. There is no open burning allowed. No fires of any kind. Please do not use your wood stove during this closure. BBQ’s are still permitted. Do not smoke in or near the forest. This ban is in effect to help prevent human caused fires.

EXTREME – SHUTDOWN in effect

The fire danger class is EXTREME and has been for three (3) consecutive days. Workers must cease all high risk activities in forest and grassland. This SHUTDOWN will remain in effect until the fire danger class falls below EXTREME for 3 or more days or falls below HIGH

The following is an explanation of High Risk Activities as applied to all fire protection areas under the jurisdiction of the Comox Valley regional District (CVRD). That includes Denman Island Fire Rescue (DIFR)

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) regulates “high risk activities” with the regulatory bylaws in fire service areas that it manages. The province regulates “high risk activities” through the Wildfire Act and Wildfire Regulation in areas that do not have a regulatory bylaw.

It is important that everybody helps to reduce the risk of forest fires and is aware of the regulations that restrict “high risk activities”.

What are High Risk Activities?

High risk activities can be described as any activity that can produce a spark and is done in a combustible area such as on or near the forest floor or grassy area.

The CVRD bylaws and the Wildfire Act define “high risk activities” as:

  • mechanical brushing (example: industrial scale brushing)
  • disk trenching (example: mechanical preparation of logged site)
  • preparation or use of explosives (example: blasting)
  • using fire- or spark-producing tools, including cutting tools (example: cutting torches, metal grinders) 
  • using or preparing fireworks or pyrotechnics (example: fireworks display)
  • grinding, including rail grinding (example: angle grinder)
  • mechanical land clearing (example: excavator or skidder logging or digging out stumps)
  • clearing and maintaining rights of way, including grass mowing (example: commercial right of way mowing; BC hydro brushing. Not residential lawn mowing.)

Any of the following activities carried out in a cutblock excluding a road, landing, roadside work area or log sort area in the cutblock.

  • operating a power saw (example: cutting firewood off a road in a combustible area) 
  • mechanical tree felling, woody debris piling or tree processing, including de-limbing (example: logging activity or cutting firewood off a road in a combustible area)
  • welding (example: any welding off a road) 
  • portable wood chipping, milling, processing or manufacturing (example: these activities when done outside of an industrial worksite within a fire protection district) 
  • skidding logs or log forwarding unless it is improbable that the skidding or forwarding will result in the equipment contacting rock (example: logging activity) 
  • yarding logs using cable systems (example: any logging activity that uses cable yarding equipment)

Can residents mow their lawn?

Yes
Residents can use their lawnmowers for cutting their lawns. If the lawn is green and requires cutting, and has been irrigated, it is likely fire resistant. If residents want to mow their lawn when it is dry and dead, we recommend holding off or using preventative measures such as pre wet and post wet lawn; and remain onsite after mowing to watch out for smoldering fires. Have fire suppression available (garden hose) and a way to contact 9-1-1 if needed.

Can residents use a weed eater?

Yes
Same principles as lawn mowing, but extra precautions should be discussed with the DIFR if using metal disk blades.

Can arborists work during a high risk activities ban?

Yes
Arborists can continue to use manual tools and tools that don’t cause a spark. Power saw use on green lawn areas, driveways, landings, roadways, or other non-combustible areas may not be a high risk activity. Arborists are encouraged to contact DIFR to discuss the high risk activities restrictions as they apply to the work to be done.

Can farmers hay their fields?

Yes
Farming activities are permitted during a high risk activities ban. During heightened fire risk conditions consideration should be given to the crop stage and moisture content, wind speed, the type of equipment being used, time of day and availability of emergency fire suppression equipment.  If the fire danger is extreme, farmers should consider holding off haying until the fire danger drops. Farmers are also encouraged to contact the appropriate agency to discuss their planned farming activity.

Is excavating a high-risk activity?

No
As long as the excavation is being done on dirt or mineral soil and not on or near a combustible area like the forest floor or grassy area then excavating is not considered a high-risk-activity. Examples of excavating could be construction sites, septic tank, driveway work, etc. Excavating does not include land clearing which is a high-risk activity.

Can residents use a chainsaw when not on or near the forest floor or grassy area?

Yes
Power saw use on green lawn grass, driveways, landings, roadways, or other non-combustible areas may not be a high risk activity. Chainsaw use in the forest or grassy area is a high risk activity and is restricted.

 

For fire and medical emergency please call 911

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