Saturday, July 2, 2016

Fire Ban Information Bulletin

Category 2 open fires to be prohibited in southeast


For Immediate Release


June 28, 2016
CASTLEGAR 􀍴􀀃Effective at noon Pacific Time on Monday, July 4, 2016, Category 2 open fires will

be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires

and protect public safety.

This prohibition is in addition to the Category 3 open fire prohibition that came into effect in

the Southeast Fire Centre on June 3, 2016. A poster explaining the different categories of open
burning is available online at:

Anyone intending to conduct a Category 2 open fire anywhere in the Southeast Fire Centre

must extinguish it by noon on July 4, 2016. This prohibition will remain in place until the public

is otherwise notified.

Specifically, this order prohibits:
􀂇 The burning of any waste, slash or other materials

􀂇 Stubble or grass fires of any size over any area

􀂇 The use of fireworks, sky lanterns or burning barrels of any size or description

􀂇 The use of binary exploding targets (e.g. for rifle target practice)

􀂇 The use of air curtain burners

This prohibition does not ban campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide

or smaller, and it does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.

This prohibition covers all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but does not apply

within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws and is

serviced by a fire department. Please check with local authorities for any other

restrictions before lighting any fire.

A map of the areas affected by the Category 2 and Category 3 open fire prohibitions is
available online at:

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. It includes the Selkirk Natural Resource District and the

Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District.

Campfires are currently allowed in the Southeast Fire Centre, but anyone lighting a

campfire must maintain a fireguard by removing flammable debris from around the

campfire area and must have a hand tool or at least eight litres of water available nearby

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource


BC Wildfire Service
Connect with the Province of B.C. at:

Carlee Kachman

Fire Information Officer

BC Wildfire Service

Southeast Fire Centre

250 365-4056

Karlie Shaughnessy

Fire Information Officer

BC Wildfire Service

Southeast fire centre

250 365-4041
Media Contacts:

to properly extinguish the fire.

A campfire should not be lit or kept burning in windy conditions. Make sure the fire is

fully extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any

length of time.

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:

You can also follow the latest wildfire news on:
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