Category 3 burning banned in the Southeast

Effective noon Thursday, June 30, 2022, Category 3 open burning, as defined in the Wildfire Regulations, will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Center, which includes the District of Rocky Mountain Natural Resources and Selkirk Natural Resources District.

The BC Wildfire Service is implementing this ban to help prevent wildfires caused by Category 3 burns and to protect public safety.

A map showing the areas affected by this ban is available online:

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

Specifically, prohibited activities that would constitute a Category 3 open fire include:

  • any fire more than two meters high and three meters wide

  • three or more stacks burning simultaneously not exceeding two meters high by three meters wide

  • the burning of one or more windrows, and

  • burning of stubble or grass over an area greater than 0.2 hectares

Anyone conducting a Category 3 fire anywhere within the jurisdiction of the Southeast Fire Center must extinguish it by noon Thursday, June 30, 2022, deadline. This ban will remain in place until the public is notified otherwise.

This prohibition applies 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.

A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online:

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 open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll free or *5555 on a cell phone.

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