The Southeast Fire Center said in a news release Tuesday that effective noon PST on Friday, July 15, 2022, Category 2 open fires will be prohibited throughout the fire center to help prevent human-caused forest fires and protect public safety.
The Southeast Fire Center said anyone who has performed a Category 2 open burn anywhere in the Southeast Fire Center must put out such a fire by the deadline.
This ban will remain in effect until October 15, 2022 or until the public is notified otherwise.
As of noon on Friday, July 15, specifically prohibited activities will include:
Category 2 open fires: One to two piles burning simultaneously not exceeding two meters high by three meters wide or burning stubble or grass over an area of less than 0.2 hectares;
Explosive Binary Targets;
Air curtain burners and,
Burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description, except when used for a campfire as defined by the Wildfire Regulations
This prohibition does not prohibit campfires half a meter high by half a meter wide or less and does not apply to gas, propane or briquette stoves.
Large open Category 3 fires are prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Station as of June 30, 2022.
More information on the different categories of open burning is available online: http://ow.ly/wrwE50JTb0C
These prohibitions apply to all public and private lands, unless otherwise specified (for example, in a municipal by-law).
Check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before starting a fire.
Anyone who violates an open fire ban may be issued a $1,150 ticket, be required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if found guilty by a court, be fined up to up to $100,000 and/or one year in prison.
If the contravention causes or contributes to a forest fire, the responsible person may be ordered to pay all firefighting and related costs.
The Southeast Fire Center would like to thank the public for their continued assistance in preventing wildfires.
To report a forest fire or an open burning violation, dial 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