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Province of British Columbia
For Immediate Release
Sept. 12, 2018
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
BC Wildfire Service
Open burning prohibitions rescinded in northwest B.C.

SMITHERS – Category 2 and Category 3 open burning is again allowed throughout the Northwest Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.

The following fire-related activities are allowed within the Northwest Fire Centre’s jurisdiction:

  • stubble or grass fires over an area smaller than 2,000 square metres
  • the use of burning barrels and burning cages
  • the use of air curtain burners
  • the use of binary exploding targets
  • the use of sky lanterns
  • the use of fireworks, including firecrackers

A map showing the boundaries of the Northwest Fire Centre is available online:

Although fire danger ratings have dropped in the region due to recent rainfall and cooler temperatures, the public is strongly encouraged to exercise caution with any outdoor burning or campfire use.

It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure that burning is done in a safe and responsible manner, in accordance with open burning regulations. Before lighting any fire, people should check with local government authorities to see if any local burning restrictions are in place.

Anyone planning to burn a pile larger than two metres high by three metres wide, or conduct a grass burn larger than 0.2 hectares (Category 3 fires), must obtain a burn registration number ahead of time by calling 1 888 797-1717. A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online:

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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Carolyn Bartos
Fire Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
Northwest Fire Centre
250 847-6639

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