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Open burn prohibition to be lifted in Northwest

Open burn prohibition to be lifted in Northwest

June 5, 2019 at 5:24 pm  BC, News, Politics

Campfires, as well as Category 2 and 3 open burning, will again be allowed throughout the Northwest Fire Centre’s jurisdiction beginning at noon on Friday, June 7, 2019.

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.

A map showing the boundaries of the Northwest Fire Centre is available online:
https://governmentofbc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/f0ac328d88c74d07aa2ee385abe2a41b

It is the responsibility of the individual lighting a fire 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: http://ow.ly/znny309kJv5

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: http://www.bcwildfire.ca

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