Fire Rescue Services

COVID-19 & Wildfire Response

Effective at noon (Pacific time) on Thursday, April 16, 2020, most open burning activities will be prohibited throughout British Columbia to reduce the likelihood of human-caused wildfires, although campfires will still be allowed.

The following activities will be prohibited, and these restrictions will remain in effect until the public is otherwise notified:

  • Category 2 open fires;
  • Category 3 open fires;
  • Resource Management open fires;
  • the use of fireworks;
  • the use of sky lanterns; and
  • the use of burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description (except when used for a campfire).

A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online:

These open burning prohibitions will reduce demands on firefighting resources and help protect the health and safety of the public, as well as BC Wildfire Service staff. They will also help reduce the impact of wildfire smoke on air quality and public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A map of the affected areas.

Find more information here.

Additionally, the Province had restricted open burning across much of the Cowichan region. This provincial order overrides the Cowichan Valley Regional District Smoke Control Regulation Bylaw, which permits open burning between March 15 and April 15 when the venting index is ‘good.’ The BC Air Quality Map highlights those areas covered by the provincial order, and additional information on the provincial order can be found in the ministry news release

Fire Danger Class Map

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 

Municipality of North Cowichan

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