Effective at noon Pacific Time on Sept. 9, 2016,
Category 2 open fires will once again be permitted in the Columbia, Arrow and Kootenay Lake fire zones of the Southeast Fire Centre, due to a decreased risk of wildfire in those areas.
However, the Category 2 prohibition will remain in effect in the Boundary, Cranbrook and
Invermere fire zones, since warmer temperatures and windy conditions are expected in those
Category 3 open fires are still prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre.
A map of the affected areas is available online at: http://ow.ly/7UzJ3043TLu
Category 2 burning allows for up to two concurrently burning piles no larger than two metres
high by three metres wide, or the burning of stubble or grass over an area of less than 0.2
hectares. Category 2 open burning also allows for the use of fireworks, burn barrels, exploding
binary targets and sky lanterns.
To learn more about open burning categories, fire bans and fire restrictions, please visit:
The BC Wildfire Service is asking people to take the following precautions with any permitted
Ensure that enough people, water and tools are on hand to control the fire and to
prevent it escaping.
Do not burn in windy conditions. The weather can change quickly and the wind may carry
embers to other combustible material and start new fires.
Create a fireguard around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and
other combustible material.
Never leave a fire unattended.
Make sure that your fire is fully extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before
you leave the area for any length of time.
In British Columbia, the Wildfire Act specifies a persons legal obligations when using open fire on or within one kilometre of forest land or grassland.
Anyone who lights, fuels or uses a Category 2 or Category 3 open fire must comply with the
Environmental Management Act and the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation. They also
must check local venting conditions before conducting an open burn. If conditions are rated
pooror fairopen burning is restricted.
The venting index can be found at:
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource
BC Wildfire Service
Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect
Fire Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
Southeast Fire Centre