Mayne Island Fire Rescue
A message from Mayne Island Fire Rescue
The Mayne Island Fire Department is staffed by men and women who protect our community as paid on-call firefighters.
These individuals protect approximately 1200 people day and night during fall and winter seasons and as many as 4000 people during the busy summers. Protecting over 1600 properties located within 27 square kilometres, our firefighters respond to over 120 calls each year for house fires, brush fires, emergency medical first aid, vehicle accidents, rescues, and many other smaller emergencies, including public assistance requests.
When a fire department responds to fires and other larger emergencies, it requires many trained personnel to effectively protect our community and its visitors.
Mayne Island Fire Rescue is always looking for more members to join our team. Come on down to the fire hall and talk with Kyle or Eric about the many benifits of being a paid-on-call member of the department.
Click the link above to view the current smoke venting index (Mayne Island uses the data listed for "SRN VAN ISLD" near the bottom of the page. The "4:00 pm TODAY" data represents the current day's condition.
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These pocket ashtrays are a great alternative to tossing butts on the ground. With the warmer weather comes dryer conditions here on Mayne. One tossed butt has the potential to cause a devastating wildfire. These ashtrays are available by donation (suggested donation is $2). Stop by and pick one up as well as Fire Smart manual with loads of information on how to protect your property from wildfire.
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New at the Fire Hall: Mayne Island Fire Rescue Pocket Ashtrays!
Safety with Oily Rags
Here is some great information on the dangers of oily rags. Many people are unaware of the danger that oily rags pose. Did you know that oil-soaked rags, if left out, can ignite without any outside spark? It's true! Check out the following links for more information and even a demonstration of the danger:
Thanks, and stay safe Mayne.
Current Wildfire Danger Rating
ALLOWED ALL DAY
Residential Backyard Fires:
Incinerators, Burn Barrels:
Campfires (0.5m x 0.5m):
Fireworks, Sky Lanterns:
Class A Land Clearing Fires:
On September 15, 2019, new provincial open burning smoke control regulation came into effect. Please take some time to read through this provincial regulation by following the link above. Mayne Island is classified as a "high smoke sensitivity zone".
In an effort to limit exposure and to ensure our responders are healthy and response-ready our administrative offices have been closed.
For more information please call the Fire Hall at: (250) 539-5156
We appreciate your cooperation, and please follow the social distancing and self-isolation practices so we can reduce the spread.
ALL OUTDOOR BURNING IS PROHIBITED ON MAYNE ISLAND
By order of BC Wildfire Service:
The following activities will be prohibited, and these restrictions will remain in effect until the public is otherwise notified:
Category 2 open fires
Category 3 open fires
Resource Management open fires
the use of fireworks
the use of sky lanterns
the use of burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description (except when used for a campfire).
By order of the Fire Chief of Mayne Island Fire Rescue:
The following activities are prohibited:
COVID-19 and wildfire response:
These open burning prohibitions will reduce demands on firefighting resources and help protect the health and safety of the public, as well as BC Wildfire Service staff. They will also help reduce the impact of wildfire smoke on air quality and public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A strategic deployment of wildfire management resources is critical this fire season, so it is especially important to reduce the number of unnecessary, human-caused wildfires. It is vital BC Wildfire Service staff remain healthy to respond to wildfires throughout the 2020 season and ensure the BC Wildfire Service's response capability is not affected.
During the current pandemic, larger open burns pose an unnecessary risk and could detract from wildfire detection and response capabilities. The open burning prohibitions coming into effect on April 16 should decrease the number of false alarms (where firefighters respond to a report of smoke, only to find the smoke is coming from a controlled burn and not from a wildfire).
These open burning prohibitions also support the BC Centre for Disease Control's recommendation to help reduce excess air pollution in airsheds throughout the province.
Enforcement of fire prohibitions is undertaken by:
the Compliance and Enforcement Branch of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
the Conservation Officer Service
the Fire Chief of Mayne Island Fire Rescue
All illegal fires will be investigated, and charges may be laid under the Wildfire Act or Wildfire Regulation, depending on the outcome of the investigation.
Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.
For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, and air quality advisories, go to: http://www.bcwildfire.ca