Monday, January 25, 2021 – A Class A burn (large, machine-built pile for the purposes of land clearing) is being lit this afternoon just west of the Erinan Estates Development. The Contractor has received a permit for the work.
Before such burning, every reasonable alternative must be used to minimize burning amounts by reducing, reusing or recycling vegetative debris. Additionally, the Venting index must be Good on the first day of the burn; and, Good or Fair on the second day. Further, all reasonable efforts must be taken to minimize smoke by following best practices for open burning, such as minimizing soil content, maximizing seasoned vegetative debris, and constructing any debris piles in a way that maximizes air flow. No prohibited materials are allowed in any open burning (prohibited materials are listed below). Details on such burns are available in the Ministry of Environment and Climate Action Strategy’s Open Burning Smoke Control Factsheet.
Class A burn permits are issued for 72 hours. The burn will be extinguished no later than Thursday afternoon.
For more information on burning regulation, please see here.
Kenn Mount, District of Sooke Fire Chief
Matt Barney, District of Sooke Fire Chief
The following prohibited materials must not be burned:
- Animal carcasses and waste from animal slaughtering
- Asphalt or asphalt products
- Biomedical waste
- Construction waste (Other than lumber not treated with wood preservatives or other chemicals and not coated with paint, varnish, oil or other finishing material)
- Demolition waste
- Domestic waste
- Electrical wire
- Fibreglass and other fibre-reinforced polymers
- Fuel and lubricant containers
- Furniture and appliances
- Hazardous waste
- Paint and varnish
- Polystyrene foam
- Railway ties
- Tar paper
- Treated or painted wood
- Used oil