Category 2 Fire Ban

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News release from the Province regarding a Category 2 burning ban that will start on Monday, July 29 at Noon Pacific time (1pm our time). The full details are below, but the key points to know about a Category 2 ban are:

No open fires larger than 0.5m w by 0.5m high No stubble or grass fires No fireworks No air curtains, sky lanterns or binary exploding targets Campfires ARE still permitted at this time – but they have to be 0.5m high by 0.5m wide or smaller.Cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes are also still allowed.

This category 2 ban applies to all rural properties in the RDEK outside the incorporated municipalities. If you live in an incorporated municipality, you should check with your municipal office to ensure they are not other regulations that apply. A few weeks ago, category 3 ban was implemented and it remains in effect as well.

If you have questions, contact the SE Fire Centre at 250-365-4040 – these are Provincial regulations (I’m just passing along to keep you in the loop).

Loree Duczek>


Effective at noon Pacific time on Monday, July 29, 2019, Category 2 open burning will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, including the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District and the Selkirk Natural Resource District.

The BC Wildfire Service is implementing this prohibition to help prevent wildfires sparked by Category 2 open burns and to protect public safety. It will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.

Anyone conducting a Category 2 open burn anywhere within the Southeast Fire Centre must extinguish any such fire by the deadline. This prohibition is in addition to the Category 3 open burning prohibition that was put in place throughout the Southeast Fire Centre on June 12, 2019.

Specifically, a Category 2 prohibition includes:

open fires larger than 0.5 metres wide by 0.5 metres high; stubble or grass fires of any size over any area; 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; and the use of binary exploding targets (e.g., for target practice).

These prohibitions do not apply to campfires that are smaller than a half-metre high 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.

These prohibitions apply to all public and private land unless specified otherwise (for example, in a local government bylaw). Check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire.

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $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.

The Southeast Fire Centre extends from the U.S. border in the south to Mica Dam in the north, and from the Okanagan Highlands and Monashee Mountains in the west to the B.C.-Alberta border in the east.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit:

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