Category 2 open fires are now prohibited in Southeast B.C.

Category 2 open fires prohibited in Southeast B.C.

Effective at noon Pacific Time on July 4, 2016, Category 2 open fires are prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre.

  • Thu Jul 7th, 2016 7:00am
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Effective at noon Pacific Time on July 4, 2016, Category 2 open fires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

This prohibition is in addition to the Category 3 open fire prohibition that came into effect in the Southeast Fire Centre on June 3.

This prohibition will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.

Specifically, this order prohibits the burning of any waste, slash or other materials, stubble or grass fires of any size over any area and the use of fireworks, sky lanterns or burning barrels of any size or description. The ban also includes the use of binary exploding targets (e.g. for rifle target practice) and the use of air curtain burners.

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

This prohibition covers all B.C. parks, Crown lands and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws and is serviced by a fire department. Please check with local authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire.

The Southeast Fire Centre extends from the U.S. border in the south to Mica Dam in the north, and from the Okanagan Highlands and Monashee Mountains in the west to the B.C.-Alberta border in the east. It includes the Selkirk Natural Resource District and the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District.

Campfires are currently allowed in the Southeast Fire Centre, but anyone lighting a campfire must maintain a fireguard by removing flammable debris from around the campfire area and must have a hand tool or at least eight litres of water available nearby to properly extinguish the fire.

A campfire should not be lit or kept burning in windy conditions. Make sure the fire is fully extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.

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