Current Burn Status

Effective at noon (PDT) on Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Campfires are permitted in the Shawnigan Improvement District. A campfire is defined as 18″x18″ (0.5 meter by 0.5 meter). At no time can a campfire be left unattended. 

While campfires are permitted, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires remain prohibited, including the use of fireworks, sky lanterns, burn barrels and burn cages. These restrictions will remain in place until October 1, 2023, or until the order is rescinded.

The graphic below explains the different categories of open burning and applicable regulations.


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.