Current Emergency Information

September 10-17, 2018

Campfires Allowed But No Backyard Burning

The Coastal Fire Centre has rescinded the Campfire ban as of Noon, September 11, 2018. Check here for more details.

School Starting - Are Your Kids Ready?

Whether your children's school requires emergency kits or not, take the time to work with your kids to plan for potential emergencies to reassure them that their safety is a top concern! 

Check out the Emergency Preparedness Workbook for more information to get your family ready!

Interested in having more emergency preparedness information in schools? Ask your schools to implement the free program Master of Disaster!

Drought Level 4 - Continues

Vancouver Island is at Drought Level 4 which means that there is concern over lack of water in rivers and for general consumption. Please conserve water as much as you can whether your area is on Stage 3 Water Restrictions or not!

For more information, check out CVRD New Normal.

More great information resources:

Fire Danger Rating Signs-Low

Campfires and ALL Open Burning Prohibited 

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

The Emergency Notification System is up and running! Sign up - receive phone, text or email updates!

Are you ready???? Power Outages, Storms, Floods, Wildfires, Earthquakes - OH MY!!!

Check out the new Emergency Preparedness Workbook

Print copies are available at:
Municipal Offices: Duncan, North Cowichan, Ladysmith, Lake Cowichan, CVRD
Community Centres: Island Savings Centre, Frank Jameson Community Centre, Cowichan Lake Sports Arena, Kerry Park Recreation Centre and Shawnigan Lake Community Centre
Libraries: Cowichan, Chemainus, Ladysmith, Lake Cowichan and Mill Bay

Know a group that wants to learn more about Emergency Preparedness? Email or call 250.746.2560 to schedule a free presentation.

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This white logo rotating on the homepage indicates there is no major emergency or disaster in the region at this time. If there is no major emergency, this logo may be replaced by other more pressing issues.
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This yellow logo rotating on the homepage indicates that there is an emergency occurring such as a wildfire, flood or other situation and this is where you can get up-to-date information on the situation and its potential impacts.
Icon showing Emergency Red status, click for more information.This red logo on the homepage indicates that there is a major emergency or disaster occurring that requires prompt action from people within the outlined area. Up-to-date information will be provided here and at radio outlets such as JUICE FM 89.7 and Radio Cowichan CICV 97.5 FM.