Planning a controlled burn on your property? What you need to know.

May 11, 2018
Affected Communities: 
All Areas

Update (May 14, 2018) - Effective at noon on Tuesday, May 15, Category 2 and 3 open fires will be prohibited at elevations below 1,200 m throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre, including the Lillooet Fire Zone (which includes SLRD Areas A and B). Read the notice

NOTE FROM THE SLRD - The SLRD has received reports recently of unregistered Category 3 open burning taking place, particularly on agricultural land. All Category 3 open fires MUST be registered with the appropriate Fire Centre. Call the burn registration line at 1-888-797-1717, or your local BC Wildfire Fire Centre office for more information. 

March 26, 2018  

It's coming up to the time of year when property owners, especially on agricultural land, start to think about lighting burn piles and clearing grass.

There are specific requirements under the British Columbia Wildfire Act regarding the size of open fires, when they can occur and how to control them. On April 1, 2016, increased fines for a variety of wildfire-related violation tickets came into force. British Columbia now has some of the highest wildfire-related violation ticket fines in Canada. Be informed, be FireSmart and stay safe. 

Category 2 open fires

Under the Wildfire Regulation, a Category 2 open fire is a fire that:

  •  burns material in one pile not exceeding 2 metres in height and 3 metres in width; or,
  •  burns material concurrently in 2 piles each not exceeding 2 metres in height and 3 metres in width; or
  •  burns stubble or grass over an area that does not exceed 0.2 hectares (less than 2,000 square metres.)
  •  is not a camp fire 

Download the Guide to Category 2 Open Fires

Category 3 open fires

Under the Wildfire Regulation, a Category 3 open fire is a fire that:

  • burns material in piles larger than 2 meters high and 3 metres in width; or
  • burns material concurrently in 3 or more piles not exceeding 2 metres in height and 3 metres in width; or
  • burns 1 or more burning windrows; or
  • burns stubble or grass over an area greater than 0.2 hectares (2,000 square metres or greater).

You must have a burn registration number to light a Category 3 open fire. Call the burn registration line at 1-888-797-1717, or your local BC Wildfire Fire Centre office for more information. 

Download the Guide to Category 3 and Resource Management Open Fires

For more Information:

If you are planning a Category 2 or larger open fire, be sure you understand the rules on Backyard Burning (Category 2 open fires) and Industrial / Resource Management Burning (Category 3 open fires) and contact your local BC Wildfire Fire Centre office for more information:

  • Coastal Fire Centre - Telephone: (250) 951-4222
    • SLRD Areas C and D; District of Squamish; Resort Municipality of Whistler; Village of Pemberton
  • Kamloops Fire Centre - Telephone: (250) 554-5500
    • SLRD Areas A and B; District of Lillooet 

 

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