Category 2 Open Burns Prohibited Effective July 6, 2018

A notice issued by the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Wildfire Service stated that Category 2 burns are prohibited in southeast BC including Fernie and area effective July 6, 2018 at 1 PM.

British Columbia Category 2 Burn Poster 

The BC Wildfire Service is implementing this prohibition to help prevent wildfires sparked by Category 2 burns and to protect public safety.

A Category 2 burning prohibition does not allow: 

  •  the burning of any material (piled or unpiled) larger than a campfire (i.e. no larger than 0.5 metres wide by 0.5 metres high)

  • the burning of stubble or grass over an area smaller than 0.2 hectares
  • The use of burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description
  • the use of air curtain burners
  • the use of sky lanterns
  • the use of fireworks, including firecrackers
  • the use of binary exploding targets

This prohibition applies to all public and private land.

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

Campfires should not be lit or kept burning during windy conditions. Anyone who lights a campfire must ensure that sufficient water, tools and people are on hand to contain it. Make sure that the fire is fully extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: http://www.bcwildfire.ca. You can also follow the latest wildfire news:

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Report a wildlife, unattended campfire or open burning violation by calling 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 by cellphone.