Outdoor Burning Restrictions

Beach fires have long been a part of Tofino’s culture, but the impacts associated with an increase in fires have posed real challenges to our community’s wellbeing.

New restrictions are now in place providing a compromise that allows beach fires to continue while working to limit the environmental impacts.

For full details of outdoor burning restrictions view the Outdoor Burning Bylaw.


Beach/Camp Fires:

  • Are only permitted on Mackenzie and Chesterman Beaches between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m.

  • Must be contained in a Clean Burning or Reduced Smoke Fire Appliance*

  • Must not consume beach materials (such as driftwood), garbage, refuse, noxious material, or any other material other than wood.
  • Must not be larger than 24 inches in diameter

*What is a Clean Burning or Reduced Smoke Fire Appliance?

A clean burning or reduced smoke fire appliance:

  • Uses propane or dry firewood
  • Is raised off the ground
  • Allows air to be introduced either mechanically or through ventilation openings

Campfires are also permitted on private land (e.g. private homes, vacation rentals, resorts) as long as a fire ban is not in effect for the Coastal Fire Zone or put in place by the District of Tofino Fire Chief.


These open fires are not permitted

  • Backyard burning

  • Construction waste fires

  • Yard waste fires 


Fire Bans

Depending on conditions, Tofino's local Fire Chief may place additional campfire restrictions in the interest of keeping our community safe from fire danger. If either the Province and/or the District of Tofino has put a fire ban in place, campfires are not permitted anywhere on public or private land in the District of Tofino.

For current provincial fire bans, restrictions, and regulations for the Coastal Fire Zone:

VIEW - BC Wildfire Service - Fire Bans & Restrictions

VIEW - BC Wildfire Service - Coastal Fire Centre Wildfire Information

VIEW - Campfire Regulations 



For more information on fines and enforcement of camp/beach fires in Tofino please see the District of Tofino Bylaws below:

Outdoor Burning Bylaw No. 1071, 2008

Municipal Ticket Information System Bylaw No. 1008, 2009

Bylaw Notice and Dispute Adjudication Bylaw No. 1107



Brent Baker

Fire Chief and Manager of Protective Services

(E) bbaker@tofino.ca