This page was last reviewed on July 26, 2018.
Air Quality Advisory
Air quality advisories are sometimes issued by the Ministry of Environment and Island Health. If there is an air quality advisory in effect, read the advisory for details about burning restrictions. These will often say that no new fires may be initiated, and no additional material may be added to existing fires, but may not require extinguishing existing fires. There are often mandatory actions to reduce emissions, and voluntary actions to reduce emissions.
Residents who are unsure of what to do if there is an air quality advisory in effect can contact the Ministry of Environment or Island Health using the contact information on the advisory. Residents can also contact the Fire Department at 250-336-2531.
The Village of Cumberland has moisture meters that residents can borrow free of charge. Moisture meters are used to determine whether firewood is dry enough to burn. Wood must have a moisture content of 20% or less to burn.
To borrow a moisture meter, stop by the Village Office.
Air Quality Resources
For information about air quality topics, including wood smoke and health, rebates, the venting index, how to dry firewood, and how to burn in a wood stove, see:
- Comox Valley Regional District’s Guide to Cleaner Air for Our Community
- Comox Valley Regional District’s Wood Stove Exchange Program
- Fortis BC – Rebates for Natural Gas Appliances
- Comox Valley Regional District’s Air Quality FAQs
- BC Air Quality
- BC Venting Index
Cumberland has areas with high numbers of woodstoves. Improper use of woodstoves (burning wet wood, inefficient/old stoves, etc.) leads to poor air quality, which has a negative effect on health.
Residents can cut harmful emissions and improve heating efficiency by following recommended wood stove burning practices. There may be rebates available for residents who upgrade old wood stoves.
The graph below shows the average fine particle emissions by type of heat source: