Opening Burning Ends May 31st, 2022

A reminder that this upcoming weekend is the last weekend to burn before Open Burning shuts down till the fall. You still need a permit up till May 31, 2022. Please contact the Firehall at 250-642-6211  if you still require a permit.



All Open Burning will not be permitted effective June 1st, 2022.


This includes all backyard (Class B) Fires and large (Class A) Machine built fires.

Camp Fires OK with clean, split firewood only.


If you can’t get all your burning done before the May 31st deadline, We will be hosting another FireSmart Chipping drop-off program Saturday, June 25th, 2022 at Camp Barnard, 3202 Young Lake Road

Chipping Guidelines:

Only tree branches, small woody shrubs, and windfall branches will be accepted –Branch size must be between 2.5 cm (1in) to 17 cm (7in)
Branches and debris should not be placed in bags, boxes, or tied with string or wire Branches and debris should be clean with no dirt, gravel, or muddy roots
No construction debris, lawn clippings, root balls or loose leaves

Click the link for more details. FireSmart Drop-Off Chipping June 25, 2022



BBQ Season Safety Message

Spring has definitely sprung, which means grilling season is just around the corner! People may say they are safe when they use a BBQ, but in 2021, OFC received 55 reports of fires that originated from barbecues, resulting in more than $25.6million in damages (this doesn’t include incidents that weren’t reported, or the fire department wasn’t called).

Open Burning is permitted in Otter Point

until May 31st, 2022 as conditions allow.

As of April 1st, 2022 All open burning requires a permit.

Permits can be obtained by calling the

Otter Point Fire Department

Monday to Friday 8:00am-5:00pm 250-642-6211.

For information on Burning Bylaw 3452 – Fire Regulation Bylaw No. 1, 2007

Please click on the link: 

Otter Point FireSmart Drop-Off Chipping Program

Chipping Guidelines:

  • Only tree branches between 2.5cm (1in.) to 17cm (7in.)
  • Small woody shrubs and windfall branches only
  • No Construction debris, lawn clippings, root balls or loose leaves.
  • Branches and debris should not be placed in bags or boxes or tied with string or wire.
  • Branches and debris should be clean with no dirt, gravel, or muddy roots


     For more info email

FireSmart™ Your Home Today! Home Assessments Available in Otter Point

FireSmart Your Home and Community Today.

FireSmart Residential Assessments:
You can invite Local FireSmart Representatives (LFR)s to visit your property to make FireSmart recommendations.
An assessment takes approximately 30-45 minutes, and you can learn valuable tips to improve safety around your home.
You can also follow the checklists to complete your own residential assessment if you prefer.

It’s Time for Otter Point to Get FireSmart! 

Sign up below to get a FireSmart™  Home Assessment completed on your home by a Local Firesmart Representative. 

Click here to contact a local Fire Smart Rep


With deep regret, we must cancel the Otter Point Fire Department Polar Bear Swim on January 1st. With COVID numbers increasing exponentially it would not be appropriate to bring 300-400 people shoulder to shoulder on Whiffin Spit for this event. It is our sincere hope that we can bring back the Polar Bear Swim on January 1st, 2023.

Happy New Year from all of us to all of you. Wishing you all the best for 2022.


CANDY CANE RUN with Live Santa Tracker

THE OTTER POINT VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS will be presenting the annual  CANDY CANE RUN this year on Saturday, December 11th 2021 

We would like to spread a little Christmas Joy and Cheer throughout Otter Point! Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept food donations this year due to COVID-19 protocols. Santa will come around on a decorated Fire Truck and we will have Candy Canes for the kids. We can gratefully accept cash donations for the Sooke Food Bank if you desire. See the route and times below. We hope to see you on Dec. 11th!



                                       Starting at 5pm on Dec 11th 2021                             !opfdsantatracker2021


Route Information 


Halloween Bonfire and Fireworks Show October 31st, 2021

Join us for a Bonfire and Fireworks show this Halloween at Camp Barnard!

We will have Candy bags for the kids!

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we will not be able to serve hot chocolate or hot dogs.


See you all Sunday, October 31st!  Bonfire starts at 6:30pm Fireworks at 7:30pm

Open Burning is Now Permitted in Otter Point.

October 1st, 2021.  Open burning is now permitted in Otter Point. All open burning requires a permit.  Phone the fire hall (250) 642-6211  between 08:30 and 17:00 Monday to Friday to obtain a permit.

Permits required for Class A Fires. Greater than 2 Meters (6ft.) in diameter.

Premits required for Class B Fires less than 2 Meters (6ft.) in diameter.

Campfires and Incinerators with screens are OK. No permits are required.


Click the link below for more information on burning regulations: