North Cowichan’s Fire Protection Bylaw has been adopted.
Mayor Jon Lefebure says, under the new bylaw residential open burning is prohibited within the Urban Containment Boundary….
Registered farms and properties greater than 2 acres that are within the Boundary will have to get a permit from the municipality prior to burning.
For the rest of the Municipality, the fall open burning window is being extended and will run from September 15th to November 30th so that residents will have a better opportunity to burn when the vending index is good.
Campfires will still be allowed, provided a fire ban is not in effect for the Coastal Fire Zone and regulations on the use of woodstoves are not being proposed yet.
Large land clearing debris burns within the municipality will be prohibited unless an air curtain burner is being used.

Lefebure says the backyard burning issue was a divisive one in the community….

The new regulations will go into effect on January 1st.
Lefebure says to enforce the new rules the municipality will hire another bylaw officer who would help cover the weekends when most backyard burns happen.
To find out if you are in the Urban Containment Boundary go to:   www.northcowichan.ca/UCB
To see the proposed regulations go to:  www.northcowichan.ca/airquality