Extreme Fire Hazard

We have had a lot of questions about what exactly is or isn't allowed at this time of extreme fire risk. The following are explicitly prohibited:

(a) mechanical brushing; 
(b) disk trenching; 
(c) preparation or use of explosives; 
(d) using fire- or spark-producing tools, including cutting tools; 
(e) using or preparing fireworks or pyrotechnics; 
(f) grinding, including rail grinding; 
(g) mechanical land clearing; 
(h) clearing and maintaining rights of way, including grass mowing; 
(i) any of the following activities carried out in a cutblock excluding a road, landing, roadside work area or log sort area in the cutblock: 
    (i) operating a power saw; 
    (ii) mechanical tree felling, woody debris piling or tree processing, including de-limbing; 
    (iii) welding; 
    (iv) portable wood chipping, milling, pocessing or manufacturing; 
    (v) skidding logs or log forwarding unless it is improbable that the skidding or forwarding will result in the equipment contacting rock; 
    (vi) yarding logs using cable systems; 

(taken from the BC Foresrty website.)


Within this there is some grey, and so some clarification has been requested.

Can I use an electric chain saw? NO, this is included in "PowerSaw".

Can I use a weedeater? nylon line yes, metal blade NO. But be cautious of the exhaust!

Can I mow my lawn? Please Don't. A Metal blade on Rock will produce sparks. 

Can i use my Saw mill? NO!

Can I use Hand or Arm powered garden tools? Of Course, and please be cautious of potential spark producing actions.


Please keep in mind these two phrases.

"What would a reasonably prudent person do?"

"Err on the side of caution."



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