Category 3 Burn Prohibited Effective June 8, 2018

A notice issued by the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Wildfire Service stated that Category 3 burns are prohibited in southeast BC including Fernie and area effective June 8th, 2018 at noon.

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

A Category 3 burn is classified as:

  • a fire larger than 2 meters high by 3 meters wide
  • 3 or more concurrently burning piles no larger than 2 meters high by 3 meters wide
  • 1 or more burning windrows
  •  Stubble or grass burning over an area greater than 0.2 hectares

This prohibition applies to all public and private land.

Anyone planning to light an open burn that is still allowed after the June 8 deadline (i.e., Category 2 open burns or campfires) must take the following precautions:

  1. Ensure that enough people, water and tools are on hand to control the fire and prevent it from escaping
  2.  Do not burn during windy conditions. Weather conditions can change quickly, and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material and start new fires
  3.  Create a fireguard at least one metre around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass,    leaves and other combustible material
  4.  Never leave a fire unattended
  5.  Make sure that the fire is completely 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.

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

BC Wildfire Service Wesbite 

Map of Affected Areas 

Poster of Category 3 Burns