Effective at noon on Thursday, July 6, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires will be prohibited throughout the Prince George Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.
This prohibition is being implemented due to current weather conditions and the long-range forecast for the region. Anyone conducting a Category 2 or Category 3 open burn anywhere in the Prince George Fire Centre must extinguish any such fire by noon on July 6, 2017. This prohibition will remain in effect until Sept. 30, 2017 or until the public is otherwise notified.
Specifically, prohibited activities will include:
- the burning of any waste, slash or other materials
- stubble or grass fires of any size over any area
- the use of burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description
- the use of sky lanterns, tiki torches or fireworks
- the use of stoves and other portable campfire apparatuses that are not CSA-approved or ULC-approved
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 CSA-approved or ULC-approved cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.
A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online: www.gov.bc.ca/openfireregs
This prohibition applies to 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 in place and is serviced by a fire department. Please check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire.
Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.
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