Backyard burning now allowed with permit

Effective noon Wednesday September 19, 2018, backyard burning will be allowed in the Coastal Fire Service jurisdiction. The notice which can be reached by clicking on the image below reinforces some best practices.

  • Local bylaws are in place which means that permits are required for all backyard burning until conditions improve some more.
  • Please check the venting index and avoid burning on windy days. The venting index can be reached by clicking on the venting index image on the right.
  • Please ensure that you have tools such as shovels and water at hand to help manage your fire.
  • For all permits or any questions please call the firehall at 335-2611 and we would be happy to help you with your call.

Updated Fire Ratings

With the arrival of the fall rain, we can breathe a collective sigh of relief as the forest fire danger has eased considerably.

Safe campfires, the use of wood stoves for heating, and chainsaw and lawn mowing are now allowed again.

Burn piles are still prohibited and permits will not be issued until we get the required update from the province. We will update the website on an ongoing basis so be sure to check back regularly.

Contributions in Memory of Vickie MacDonald

HIFR was recently asked about accepting donations to our volunteer fund in memory of one of our most recent patients; Vickie MacDonald. Her family (husband Ian, and children Mike and Allison) have asked if we could create a way to donate to our volunteer fund in memory of Vickie.

You can visit our Volunteer Fund page to find out ways to donate or click on the link below.

Thank you to the MacDonald family and all supporters for their generosity.

HIFR Volunteer Fund 

Learn before you burn!

As we all know, the air we breathe can be subject to lots of pollutants. From cars to factories to our very own burn piles in the wetter months. While it may be safe to burn from a fire prevention standpoint, it’s important to check the venting index for our area to make sure that the smoke and particulate can easily dissipate. You will see on the side of the page a link to a great new interactive map that shows the venting indexes all over the province. Please be neighbourly and check the index before you light up your pile. We will also leave the link here for a little while so everyone can get used to it. Just click the picture of the map and it will get you where you need to go. Thanks.


Community CPR Training

Free CPR classes

Never learned CPR, or learned it last century? Here’s your chance to get up to date. HIFR is offering free classes that will show you how to do the current simplified CPR technique, and how to use the automatic defibrillators that are stationed around Hornby–all in about an hour. You won’t get a certificate, but you will learn how to save lives.

Contact John Heinegg, 250-335-0470, to sign up for a class.