Total Fire Ban & Work Restrictions in Effect

Total Fire Ban in Effect

This ban prohibits all of the following:
• Campfires
• Beachfires
• Open fires in an outdoor stove/chimney
• Category 2 open fire
• Category 3 open fire
• Fireworks, including fire crackers
• Tiki and similar kinds of torches
• Sky lanterns
• Burning barrels or cages of any size or description
• Binary Exploding Targets
• Gas stoves and other portable campfires NOT CSA/ULC approved
• Charcoal briquettes NOT in CSA/ULC approved devices
This fire ban will remain in effect until at least October. 

Work Restrictions in Effect

We are again on High fire danger rating. Work restrictions began on Friday July 7th.
All high risk work ends at 1 pm with a 2 hour fire watch. 

High risk activities are listed as follows from the BC wildfire regulation:
• mechanical brushing;
• disk trenching;
• preparation or use of explosives;
• using fire or spark producing tools, including cutting or grinding tools;
• using or preparing fireworks or explosives;
• mechanical land clearing;
• clearing and maintaining rights of way, including grass mowing
• any of the following carried out in a cutblock (or Forest)
    • operating a power saw;
    • mechanical tree felling, woody debris piling or tree processing, including de-limbing;
    • welding;
    • portable wood chipping, milling; processing or manufacturing;
    • skidding logs;
    • yarding logs using cable systems;

Watch for fire signage or go to the Mayne Island Fire Rescue web site for updates.

posted July 2017

Emergency Notification System Sign Up: Sat Jul 8

In the event of an emergency in our area, the Emergency Notification System (ENS) will send messages to subscribed residents notifying them of potential threats to their safety and well being. The ENS ensures trusted and accurate info is distributed quickly. This info can be crucial in letting your family know where to go and what to do in an emergency. Each subscriber can choose whether to be notified by text message, phone message or email.

Mayne Island Emergency Program volunteers can help you with the sign up process. They will be outside the Tru Value at the Mayne Street Mall, Sat July 8th, from 10 am to 1 pm.

You can also sign up right now at

For further information please contact Irene Barrett

posted July 2017

Eelgrass: Understanding Our Shores: Mon Jul 10

Join us to hear UBC student Keila Stark explain the vital and complex Eelgrass ecosystems found along the coast of British Columbia. Keila is currently executing research analyzing the biodiversity of Eelgrass ecosystems for Mary O'Connor's lab of Zoology at UBC. This community event will take place at the Mayne Island Conservancy office on July 10th at 7 o'clock PM. Attendance by donation.

Keila's research currently focuses on multi-trophic level biodiversity analysis of Eelgrass communities from Tsawwassen North up to Haida Gwaii. Mary O’Connor’s lab particularly aims to identify the main drivers that determine Eelgrass community assembly at different spatial scales. Keila is interested in sampling the Southern Gulf Islands because of the local proximity to heavy human activity relative to more northerly sites, and the salinity and temperature gradient that is particular to the Gulf Islands region. She will be taking samples from established eelgrass meadows around Mayne Island with the help of the Mayne Island Conservancy.

Please contact the Mayne Island Conservancy at (250) 539-5168 for more information.

posted July 2017