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FIRE PERMITS REQUIRED FROM APRIL 1st TO OCTOBER 31st
THETIS ISLAND FIRE HAZARD:

EXTREME HAZARD RATING

Extreme: Extremely dry forest fuels and the fire risk is very serious. New fires will start easily, spread rapidly, and challenge fire suppression efforts. General forest activities will be forbidden on Thetis Island including open burning, industrial activities and campfires.

For more detail on what the different hazard ratings mean and when permits are or are not required, click on the hazard rating image.

Section 3 of the Wildfire Act - Mishandling burning Substances, and Section 204 of the Motor Vehicle Act - Depositing Articles on Highway, make it an offence to toss butts onto the road. Call *5555 or 911 to report offenders.

Community Updates from the TIVFD

First Responders & Medical Aid
The Thetis Island Fire Dept. responds to all medical aid requests through the 9-1-1 system.  If you are unsure you require emergency aid and evacuation to the hospital, dial 8-1-1 to speak to the BC Health Link nurse for advice.  TIVFD personnel are trained, certified and Provincially licensed medical First Responders and we assess and evacuate you to the Community Dock in our Rescue Vehicle that is outfitted similarly to a BCEHS ambulance, where your care will be turned over to paramedics arriving on the marine ambulance.  Additionally, if you require helicopter evacuation we have a designated landing zone at Capernwray Harbour Bible School.  Our medical response service operates 24/7 when you state “ambulance” to the 9-1-1 operator.

 

Most recent community updates from the TIVFD

July 17, 2024

Danger Class Moving to EXTREME on July 18th

The Fire Danger Class Rating is forecasted to move to EXTREME Danger on Thursday, July 18th, by the three reporting fire weather stations we use as data points for Thetis Island.

This means that all High Hazard Activities in or near the forested areas of Thetis will be prohibited after 1 pm on July 20th. Early shift (work to 1pm and then a 2 hour fire watch posted) can continue on July 18, 19 and 20th and then must cease.

Do not hesitate to report any daytime columns of smoke to 911. The Province-wide shutdown of all outdoor fires, including campfires, continues. You can use approved propane stove or campfire appliances during the complete ban but no solid fuel fires are allowed.

Thank you for being vigilant and safe as we move into the hot and dry wildfire months.

Thetis Island Vol. Fire Dept.

 

July 9, 2024

CAMPFIRE BAN STARTS ON FRIDAY

Effective on Friday, July 12, 2024, campfires (Category 1) will be prohibited throughout the Coastal Fire Centre, except for the Haida Gwaii Forest District. This prohibition is being enacted to help prevent human caused wildfires and protect public safety.

These prohibitions apply to all public and private land within the Coastal Fire Centre jurisdiction. Category 2 (yard waste) and 3 (industrial) open fires remain prohibited.

This prohibition will be in place until Thursday, October 31, 2024 at 12:00 noon Pacific Daylight Time, or until the order is rescinded.

In addition to campfires and open fires being prohibited, the following activities and equipment are also restricted:

  • Fireworks;
  • Sky Lanterns;
  • Burn Barrels or Burn Cages of any size or description;
  • Binary Exploding Targets;
  • Air curtain burners;
  • Tiki and similar kind of torches; and,
  • Chimineas
Posted by BCWildfire Service: Coastal Fire Centre

This prohibition does not include the use of propane outdoor stoves or campfire appliances. An outdoor stove or campfire appliance is a CSA-rated or ULC-rated device used outdoors for cooking, heating or ambiance.

There are several holders of TIVFD Campfire Permits to July 15th. These permits will be rescinded on July 12th. No campfires until October 31st on Thetis Island.

Fire Chief J. Caldbeck
Thetis Island Vol. Fire Dept.

 

July 7, 2024

CURRENT HAZARD RATING

As of today we are still holding at HIGH. Cedar is at EXTREME (5) but both SaltSpring and North Cowichan continue at HIGH (4). We will see what the next few days bring.

If we go to EXTREME, people can still work in/near the woods with spark/ember producing tools (High Risk Activities) for three consecutive days up to 1 pm and then must post a fire watch for a minimum of two hours. After 3 days in EXTREME all High Risk Activities must cease. When we drop back down to HIGH the High Risk Activities cannot resume for three consecutive days. On the 4th day the HRA can resume until 1pm and fire watch posted.

Thetis Island Vol. Fire Dept.

 

July 4, 2024

FIRE HAZARD MOVING TO HIGH ON SATURDAY, JULY 6th

The Fire Hazard is moving up to 4, or HIGH HAZARD, on Saturday. Work in or near the woods that can produce sparks from exhaust or striking rocks (excavating, mowing, milling etc.) must cease by 1 pm and a 2 hour fire watch posted (stay on site to look for smoke). Have water and a tool on site.

Campfires with permits are still allowed, but we urge you to use your propane campfire appliance (does not require a permit) instead if available.

Please be safe and report all daytime smoke columns to 911.

Fire Chief J. Caldbeck
Thetis Island Vol. Fire Dept.

 

June 22, 2024

Should I Call 9-1-1?

Norm Kasting, a member of the TIVFD, published an excellent article in the latest issue of The Quarterly titled, “Should I Call 9-1-1 ?” . For those of you who unfortunately don’t receive The Quarterly magazine, published by TICA, this is a reminder that by calling 911 early you will get the trained volunteers arriving at the issue sooner.

Recently we had a question about an alarm sounding at the neighbours’ house where no one was at home. They wandered over, looked in windows, saw nothing amiss, and left. They were able to contact the neighbours the next day, but also wondered if they should have done something differently.

The answer is a resounding YES! There are many reasons a fire/smoke alarm might go off unexpectedly and the luckiest reason is that the alarm malfunctioned. But the other reasons are more serious and could have dire consequences and quite often there will be no indication from the outside of a building as to what is happening inside. Please call 911 if you hear an alarm going off in a house. The TIVFD trains for all types of emergency events including “alarms activated”.

Please don’t hesitate to call 911. The TIVFD would very much rather come out early to what turns out to be a minor event or a false alarm instead of an event that has already become a serious emergency response.

Fire Chief J. Caldbeck
Thetis Island Vol. Fire Dept.

 

September 27, 2023

A handy reminder about campfires

Thetis Island Vol. Fire Dept.

 

For more detailed information about burning regulations and safety requirements, go to the links on the left for "Fire Permits" and "Fire Safety".

Site last updated: 2024-07-17