Fire Rescue Services

Campfires and ALL Open Burning Prohibited Effective Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Effective at noon on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 all open burning is prohibited within the Coastal Fire Centre. These prohibitions are implemented due to high temperatures and no rain in the immediate forecast. These prohibitions will help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. The prohibition remains in effect until October 19, 2018 unless otherwise notified.


  • open fires that burn woody debris in outdoor stoves
  • the use of stoves and other portable campfire apparatuses that are not CSA or ULC approved
  • the use of tiki torches, fireworks, firecrackers, sky lanterns, chimineas, burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description
  • the use of binary exploding targets (e.g. for rifle target practice)


  • CSA or ULC rated cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes
  • portable campfire apparatuses that use briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel (provided the flame is less than 15 centimetres)

Report any wildfire or open burning violation:  1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on cell phone

Fire Danger Rating - 2018-07-19
Contacting Fire Rescue Services
Within the Cowichan Valley, there are 18 Volunteer Fire Departments and 21 fire stations.

Please call 9-1-1 only for real emergencies. Volunteers get paged from their regular work and family lives to respond to emergencies.

The halls are not manned, so you may need to leave a message for non-emergency issues in your area at the following numbers:
Cowichan Valley Regional District - 250-746-2561
Municipality of North Cowichan - 250-746-3100
Honeymoon Bay Fire Rescue
Chemainus Hall 250.246.3121
Malahat Fire Rescue
Crofton Hall 250.246.3650
Mesachie Lake Fire Rescue 250.749.6277
Maple Bay Hall 250.748.8654
North Oyster Fire Rescue 250.245.5111
Southend Hall 250.746.4911
Sahtlam Fire Rescue 250.748.1242

Youbou Fire Rescue 250.745.3414

Cowichan Bay Improvement District
City of Duncan - 250-746-6126
Cowichan Bay VFD 250.743.7111
Duncan VFD 250.746.5211
Mill Bay Improvement District
Town of Ladysmith - 250-245-6400
Mill Bay VFD 250.743.5563
Ladysmith Fire Rescue 250.245.6436
Shawnigan Lake Improvement District
Town of Lake Cowichan - 250-749-6681
Shawnigan Lake VFD 250.743.2042
Lake Cowichan VFD 250.749.3522
Thetis Island Improvement District
Caycuse Volunteer Fire Department Society
Thetis Island VFD 250.246.4834
Caycuse VFD 250.745.3435