The following reminder comes from the Sooke Fire Rescue Service
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Backyard debris burning is allowed starting October 1, 2017 with no permit required under the following conditions:
- No incinerators or burn barrells are allowed
- Yard debris only (leaves, branches, clippings)
- No construction materials or processed woods (no plywood, pallets, trim, siding, moulding, etc.)
- Properties under 0.61 acres, and on sewers can only burn when Environment Canada Venting Index for SRN VAN ISLD (Southern Vancouver Island) is rated as “Fair” or “Good” for the day you are burning. (Click this link for more information)
- Properties over 0.61 acres are able to burn yard debris any day from October 1 through to May 31 (unless restricted due to fire hazard)
- Fire can only burn during sunrise and sunset of the same day
- Fire is 20′ from all property lines
- The person supervising the fire takes reasonable precautions to prevent smoke generated from the fire from becoming a nuisance.
Full details and specifics of District of Sooke Bylaw 292 can be found on the link below. Please pay specific attention to sections 29 through 43.
If you have any questions regarding whether you are able to burn or not, please call 250-642-5422. For permit required burns, please contact the fire station.
- Burning regulations in Sooke (Opening burning allowed from Oct 1 to May 31, but please refer to these regulations for specific details)
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To report a wildfire, please call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. Local non-emergency numbers (in case of emergency, please phone 9-1-1):
- Sooke Fire Department: 250-642-5422
- Otter Point Fire Department: 250-642-6211
- Shirley Fire Department: 250-646-2107
- Port Renfrew Fire Department 250-647-0101
- East Sooke Fire Department: 250-642-4411
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