Recent rainfall and cooler temperatures have reduced the risk of wildfire in the region.
The fire danger rating on Vancouver Island is currently indicated as 'Low'.
Firewood cutting opportunities on Island Timberlands private forest lands are available on weekends only at the locations listed as 'Open' in the table below. Please respect signs and gates.
* Please be advised: There are no firewood cutting opportunities in the Shawnigan/Chemainus areas currently, and firewood permits are not currently available at the Cowichan Visitors Center.
|Area||Road||Location||Permit Sales||Status||Gate Hours (Sat-Sun)|
|Port Alberni||Franklin River Rd||Anderson Ave to Franklin River Rd. Take your first left||Fundraiser. Permits sold at the gate.||Open||8am-4pm|
|Cameron||Roger's Creek 4 (RC4)||0.6km before the Coombs Candy Store. Contacts for permits: Jack 250-723-5851; Ron 250-720-8922; Dan 250-735-6093; Chad 250-720-8922; Bob 250-723-9727||Open||8am-4pm|
|Qualicum Bay||Cochrane Rd||Hwy 19A to Cochrane Road||Parksville Visitors Center (M-F 9am-5pm)||Open||9am-4pm|
|Parksville||Allsbrook 12||Hwy 4A to Allsbrook; turn right at 1.2kms||Parksville Visitors Center (M-F 9am-5pm)||Open||9am-4pm|
|Northwest Bay||155-110||West off Hwy19 at Norwest Bay, 11km up 155Main turn right||Parksville Visitors Center (M-F 9am-5pm)||Open||8am-4pm|
|Nanaimo||Nanaimo Lakes Rd 45||Follow Nanaimo Lakes Rd to the gate past the Gun Club||Fundraiser. Permits sold at the gate.||Open||8am-4pm|
Recreational Access Opportunities
Recreational access opportunities to Island Timberlands private forest lands will change based on harvesting activities, environmental conditions (including wildfire), and other factors.
Recreational access to Island Timberlands private forest lands is available only through the gates indicated as 'Open', in the table below. To ensure public safety and the protection of the forest, all unauthorized access to Island Timberlands forest land is prohibited. Please respect signs and gates.
Where gates are indicated as 'Open', access is available weekends only. Overnight stays are not permitted.
|Yellow Creek Main||Open||6am-4pm weekends only|
|Cameron @ 0km||Open||6am-4pm weekends only|
|Cameron Connector Access to Mt Arrowsmith and Labour Day Lake||Open||6am-4pm weekends only|
|Horne Lake North 100||Closed||Closed|
|Ash Main @ 22km Access to Lowry Lake and Scout Beach||Open||6am-4pm weekends only|
|Ash Main @ 28.6km *Side gates beyond 28.6km will be closed due to harvesting activities||Open||6am-4pm weekends only|
|Comox Main @ Beaver Cr Rd *Closed at 18km||Closed||Closed|
|Comox -91||Open||6am-4pm weekends only|
|Museum Main||Open||6am-4pm weekends only|
|Northwest Bay *This gate staffed by students from VIU's Resource Management Program||Open*||6am-4pm weekends only |
*Note: 142 Main will be closed on Sat Sept.22
|Chemainus Main||Open||6am-4pm weekends only|
|Buckley Bay||Open||6am-4pm weekends only|
|Oyster River||Open||6am-4pm weekends only|
|Nanaimo River Camp *This gate is staffed by students from VIU's Resource Management Program||Open||6am-4pm weekends only|