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Fire Bans and Restrictions

Effective noon (Pacific time) on Thursday, April 16, 2020, most open burning activities will be prohibited throughout British Columbia

The following activities will be prohibited, and these restrictions will remain in effect until the public is otherwise notified: Category 2 open fires; Category 3 open fires; Resource Management open fires; the use of fireworks; the use of sky lanterns; and the use of burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description (except when used for a campfire).

These prohibitions will apply to all public and private land within British Columbia, unless specified otherwise (e.g., in a local government bylaw). A map of the affected areas is available http://ow.ly/8uct30qvSv2 

For more information, please review the information bulletin found here.

A Category 2 open fire is an open fire, excluding a campfire, that burns piled material no larger than two metres high and three metres wide, or grass over an area less than 0.2 hectares (2000 square metres) in size.

A Category 3 open fire is a fire that burns material in piles larger than two metres high and three metres wide, windrows, or grass over an larger than 0.2 hectares (2000 square metres) in size. Anyone lighting a Category 3 fire must first obtain a burn registration number by calling 1 888 797-1717. These numbers are logged into the Open Fire Tracking System (OFTS) along with details about the registered burn.

Open Fire Regulations Quick Reference Poster Link Below

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/wildfire-status/fire-bans-and-restrictions/ofr_poster_-_email_distribution_72dpi_no_bleeds.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0QWl0OeT0s99bA5TooKMCUXAlHnpdpis5wlqclAcn3BcQxOokNfdytzgo