Emergency Information

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

July 16 - 22, 2018

Stay cool in this heat and let's all guard against wildfire!

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

Check out the new 2017 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 ep@cvrd.bc.ca or call 250.746.2560 to schedule a free presentation.

Here are some great information resources to keep yourself informed:

Drive BC: www.drivebc.ca 

Environment Canada Weather Alerts: http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html?prov=bc

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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.
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