The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy in collaboration with provincial public health partners has issued open burning restrictions for all High Smoke Sensitivity Zones across the province.
The areas are based on the venting index, and all high smoke sensitivity zones are under the ban. Denman Island is a high smoke sensitivity zone.
The decision made by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy is in effect until at least April 15, 2020. Under the ban, no new fires may be started, and no additional material can be added to existing fires. This ban refers to Category 2 and 3 fires which are the equivalent of our backyard burn pile (a fire no larger than 3 meters) and an industrial/machine pile respectively.
What this means is that, effective immediately, no burning is allowed on Denman Island except for campfires which will be allowed until further notice.
A Campfire, as described by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy is defined as being under 50 cm in diameter and used for heat, cooking or recreation using firewood as fuel.