Current Fire Restrictions

Campfires Incinerators Backyard Burns

In an effort to reduce wildfires and in alignment with the Province, Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue have issued a Category 2 Backyard Burning Ban effective 12:00 Friday May 18th 2018. This prohibition will help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. It will remain in effect until further notice.
Campfires are still permitted with a valid fire permit. Campfire permits can be accessed online or in person at the Ganges Fire Hall.

For more information please contact the office 250-537-2531 or
Thank You for helping us keep Salt Spring Island ‘fire safe’ this summer.


Local Fire Hazard


Fire restrictions are updated on a daily basis during fire season (June-October).
Updated on Monday, July 16, 2018

Venting Index

Introducing the Venting Index Interactive Map which is now available for the entire province.


What is the Venting Index and why does it matter?

The Venting Index is a numerical value related to the potential of the atmosphere to disperse smoke and other pollutants. It is based on both the current wind speed in the mixed layer and the mixing height. The mixed layer is the surface layer of air that is turbulent and well mixed. The mixing height is the thickness (sometimes zero) of this mixed layer. Adequate venting is required to disperse the smoke generated by open burning. If there is not adequate venting, the smoke settles over the area it originates from.