Open Burning Ban

Posted: July 23rd, 2020 In Community
Open Burning Ban
Posted On: July 23rd, 2020

Effective at 1:00pm on Friday, July 24, 2020, both Category 2 and Category 3 fires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, which includes the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District and the Selkirk Natural Resource District.

The BC Wildfire Service is implementing this prohibition to help prevent human caused wildfires and to protect public safety. A map indicating the areas affected by this prohibition is available online:

This prohibition is being implemented due to increased fire danger ratings caused by a warming trend throughout the Southeast Fire Centre. Anyone who has been conducting Category 2 or 3 open fires anywhere in the Southeast Fire Centre must extinguish any such fire by the July 24, 2020 deadline. This prohibition will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.
This prohibition applies to all public and private land, unless specified otherwise (e.g., in a local government bylaw). Check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire.

Category 2 open burn prohibitions include the following activities and equipment:
* the burning of any waste, slash or other materials;
* open fires larger than 0.5 metres wide by 0.5 metres high;
* stubble or grass fires of any size over any area;
* the use of sky lanterns;
* the use of fireworks, including firecrackers;
* the use of binary exploding targets;
* the use of burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description except when used for a campfire as defined by the wildfire regulation; and
* the use of air curtain burners.

Category 3 open burn prohibited activities include:
* any fire larger than two metres high by three metres wide;
* three or more concurrently burning piles no larger than two metres high by three metres wide;
* burning of one or more windrows; and
* burning of stubble or grass over an area greater than 0.2 hectares.

This prohibition does not ban campfires that are a half-metre high by a high-metre wide or smaller, and does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.
For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: