- Beach Fire ban
Before you go making plans that involve having fires of any sort, please consider the following weather and environmental conditions that may effect you.
- Venting Index - Venting should be at least in fair condition before you consider lighting any fires. Please check out the Venting Index page and look for your region to be sure it is safe to have a fire.
- Wildfire Danger Rating - Make sure your area is not in a high to extreme rating. Some regions may even have fire bans even if you are currently in a moderate danger rating. So please contact your local fire department to inquire on any fire bans.
- Fire Bans and Restrictions - Information on categories of open fire types and the regulations and restrictions involved with each.
Beach fires are banned all year round.
A category 2 fire is 1 to 2 concurrently burning piles no larger than 2 metres high by 3 metres wide or Stubble or grass burning over an area less than 0.2 hectares. A simple rule to follow when there is a category 2 ban in effect is any fire bigger than the campfire is not allowed. Category 2 regulations include:
- A fuel break must be established around any category 2 burn area.
- Fireworks are banned when a category 2 fire prohibition is in effect.
- Burning barrels are banned when a category 2 fire prohibition is in effect.
- At least one person equipped with a fire-fighting hand tool must monitor the fire at all times.
A Category 3 open fire is a fire that burns material in piles larger than two metres high and three metres wide, windrows, or grass over an larger than 0.2 hectares (2000 square metres) in size. Anyone lighting a Category 3 fire must first obtain a burn registration number by calling 1 888 797-1717. These numbers are logged into the Open Fire Tracking System (OFTS) along with details about the registered burn.
A campfire is any fire smaller than 0.5 metres high by 0.5 metres wide, or 19 by 19 inches. Regulations include:
- You must have ready access to 8 litres of water or a shovel for the entire time your campfire is lit.
- Your campfire must be completely extinguished and the ashes must be cool to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time. Hot coals can reignite the fire.
- During campfire prohibitions, only a CSA or ULC approved portable campfire apparatus may be used, and the flame height must not exceed 15 centimetres.
- You must build a fire guard around your campfire.