Category 2, Category and Resource Management Open Fire Prohibitions

This is a reminder that effective at noon, today April 16, 2020, most open burning activities will be prohibited throughout British Columbia.

The following activities will be prohibited, and these restrictions will remain in effect until the public is otherwise notified:

  • Category 2 open fires;
  • Category 3 open fires;
  • Resource Management open fires;
  • the use of fireworks;
  • the use of sky lanterns; and
  • the use of burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description

Typically, human-caused fires are more common in the spring due to field and debris burning.  By considering an earlier provincewide burning prohibition, the BC Wildfire Service anticipates a reduction in human-caused wildfires. This will minimize the need to deploy staff, which help to reduce their risk of exposure to COVID-19.

To report a wildfire or backyard burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, and air quality advisories, go to:

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