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Category 2 open burns allowed in Southeast Fire Centre

Wildfire risk has decreased in Southeast Fire Centre
The Southeast Fire Centre is rescinding the ban on Category 2 open burns as of noon Friday, June 16, 2023. (Photo/RDCO)

Having received a considerable amount of rain in the past week, the Southeast Fire Centre will be rescinding the Category 2 open burning prohibition as of noon, Friday, June 16, 2023.

The open burn prohibition was put in place on May 18, 2023.

With decreased wildfire risk, the following will be permitted throughout the Southeast Fire Centre:

• one to two concurrently burning piles no larger than two metres high by three metres wide

• burning stubble or grass over an area less than 0.2 hectares

• the use of fireworks

• the use of exploding binary targets

• the use of air curtain burners

• the use of sky lanterns, and

• the use of burn barrels or burn cages

Category 3 open fires, as defined in the Wildfire Regulation, remain prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre until October 28, 2023 or the public is otherwise notified.

The Southeast Fire Centre extends from the U.S. border in the south to Mica Dam in the north, and from the Okanagan Highlands and Monashee Mountains in the west, to the B.C.-Alberta border in the east.

Residents are also asked to take precautions with Category 2 open burns.

• Never leave a fire unattended.

• Follow the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation:

• Check the local venting index. Venting index information is available by calling 1 888 281-2992 or visiting:

• At least one person equipped with a firefighting hand tool must monitor the fire at all times.

• Never burn in windy conditions. Wind may carry embers to other combustible material and start new fires.

• Create a fire guard around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material right down to the soil.

• Make sure that your fire is fully extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before you leave the area for any length of time.

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Carolyn Grant

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