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Open fires causing smoke issues near Smithers

The BC Wildfire Service is tracking a significant number of registered Category 3 open fires within the Northwest Fire Centre.

Smoke and open flames related to these controlled fires may be visible from nearby communities and roadways.

Venting conditions are currently favourable for Category 2 and Category 3 open burning in some areas of the Northwest Fire Centre. Anyone wishing to conduct an open burn must check local venting conditions before lighting any fire. If the venting conditions in the area are rated “poor” or “fair,” Category 2 or Category 3 open burning is restricted.

The venting index can be obtained by calling 1 888 281-2992 and is also available online: www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/venting/venting.html

Anyone planning to do large-scale industrial burning 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. Burn registration numbers are entered in the Open Fire Tracking System, which allows the BC Wildfire Service to track open burning activity throughout B.C.

Anyone conducting an open burn must comply with the Wildfire Act and air quality control legislation. If an open burn escapes and causes a wildfire, the person responsible may be held accountable for damages and fire suppression costs. It is the responsibility of that individual to ensure that burning is done in a safe manner, and in accordance with regulations and any current burning restrictions.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For up-to-date information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, call 1 888 3-FOREST or visit: www.bcwildfire.ca

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For more information about safe open burning practices, visit the BC Wildfire Service website: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/fire-bans-and-restrictions

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