Comox Valley Open Burning Ban
Comox Valley fire departments have implemented open fire restrictions in the regional fire protection districts in response to COVID-19. Open fires are banned and fire permits will no longer be issued, with the exception of campfires in specific fire protection areas. Contact your local fire department for clarification.
Courtenay Fire Department – no open burning after April 1st in the following areas:
- Courtenay Fire Protection District
- Merville Fire Protection District
- Tsolum-Farnham Fire Protection District
- City of Courtenay (open burning banned year-round)
Comox Fire Department – no open burning after April 1st in the following areas:
- Comox Fire Protection District
- Town of Comox (open burning banned year-round)
Cumberland Fire Department: campfires allowed
Oyster River Fire Department: campfires allowed
Union Bay Fire Department: campfires allowed
Fanny Bay Fire Department: campfires allowed
Ships Point Volunteer Fire Department: campfires allowed
Denman Island Fire Department: campfires allowed
Hornby Island Fire Department: campfires allowed
Air quality is a growing concern in the Comox Valley and across BC.
Smoke from wood stoves and fireplaces is the most significant source of air pollution in the Comox Valley because of the Valley’s frequent temperature inversions and calm winds in winter when people are burning wood as their primary source of heat.
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Wood Smoke and Your Health
“Small particulate pollution have health impacts even at very low concentrations – indeed no threshold has been identified below which no damage to health is observed.”
– World Health Organization, 2018
Much like cigarette smoke, wood smoke contains tiny particles. These particles are called particulate matter (PM2.5) and they cause many kinds of serious health effects, including heart and lung problems - especially among children and the elderly. This means that it is important to minimize the amount of smoke we produce and our exposure to it.
Wood Smoke Reduction Program
The Wood Smoke Reduction Program provides opportunities to save money by offering rebates to replace old wood stoves with a cleaner heating option such as a heat pump or a gas, propane or pellet stove.
Smart Wood Stove Burning Practices
Keeping firewood dry, allowing enough time for it to cure before using, and following good burning practices is essential to reducing smoke from wood burning. Smoky fires affect the health of our families, our neighbours, and our community.
These videos by the Fraser Basin Council are also a good source of information: