After temporarily suspending the Category 2 burning ban, the Southeast Fire Centre has now put it back in place until October 28, 2023.
The following is again prohibited:
• Category 2 burning is defined as material in one pile not exceeding two metres in height and three metres in width.
◦ One to two concurrently burning piles no larger than two metres high by three metres wide
◦ burning of stubble or grass over an area less than 0.2 hectares
• the use of fireworks
• the use of binary exploding targets
• the use of air curtain burners
• the use of sky lanterns, and
• the use of burn barrels or burn cages
Campfires are still allowed in the Southeast Fire Centre although a ban was reinstated in the Kelowna Fire Centre this week.
These prohibitions apply to all public and private land, unless specified otherwise (e.g., in a local government bylaw). Check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire. Wildfire prevention is a shared responsibility. Human-caused wildfires are completely preventable and divert critical resources away from lightning-caused wildfires.
Anyone found in contravention of an open fire prohibition may be issued a 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 or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.