Current Burn Status

Effective June 30, 2021

As of June 30, 2021, no open burning is permitted in the Shawnigan Improvement District. This means no open wood or paper product fires, no campfires, chimineas, fireworks, tiki torches or similar types of torches, binary exploding targets, sky lanterns, or burn barrels.

The ban does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane, or briquettes, nor does it apply to portable gaseous-powered campfire apparatus with a flame not exceeding 15 cm.

Use extreme care in our very dry outdoors. Please extinguish cigarette butts responsibly and avoid parking vehicles on dried grass.

This prohibition will remain in effect until October 15th, 2021.


Enforcement of fire prohibitions is undertaken by:

  • The Compliance and Enforcement Branch of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development;
  • The Conservation Officer Service; and
  • The RCMP

All illegal fires will be investigated, and charges may be laid under the Wildfire Act or Wildfire Regulation, depending on the outcome of the investigation.

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll- free or *5555 on a cellphone.