Open burning to be allowed again in P.G. Fire Centre area

Effective at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, Category 2 and Category 3 open burning will once again be allowed throughout the Prince George Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.

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.

The use of the following fire-related items will also be allowed as of noon on Sept. 12, within the Prince George Fire Centre’s jurisdiction:

* burning barrels and burning cages

* air curtain burners

* binary exploding targets

* sky lanterns

* fireworks, including firecrackers

* stubble or grass fires over an area smaller than 2,000 square metres

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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