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As of noon, Wednesday June 7, 2017, there is a prohibition on Category 2 open fires. This prohibition also includes fireworks, firecrackers, sky lanterns, burn barrels or burning cages of any size or description, and binary exploding targets.


The current prohibition applies to: the burning of any material (piled or unpiled) smaller than two metres high and three metres wide the burning of stubble or grass fires over an area less than 2,000 square metres the use of fireworks, firecrackers, sky lanterns, burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description the use of binary exploding targets (e.g. for rifle target practice) This prohibition does not ban campfires that are smaller than a half-metre high by a half-metre wide, or apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.


Anyone lighting larger fires (Category 3 fires) or more than two fires of any size must comply with open burning regulations and must first obtain a burn registration number by calling 1 888 797-1717. They must also check venting conditions before lighting the fire. If the venting conditions in the area are rated ͞poor͟ or ͞fair͕͟ open burning is restricted. The venting index can be obtained by calling 1-888-281-2992 or visiting:

Anyone who lights, fuels or uses an open fire when a fire prohibition is in place or fails to comply with an open fire prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150 or, if convicted in court, be 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 subject to a penalty of up to $100,000 and ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs. The Coastal Fire Centre covers all of the area west of the height of land on the Coast Mountain Range from the U.S.-Canada border at Manning Park, including Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park in the north, the Sunshine Coast, the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Haida Gwaii.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 tollfree or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: www.bcwildfire.ca You can also follow the latest wildfire news on: Twitter at: twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo Facebook at: facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

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