Open fire ban for the Northwest Fire Center

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Effective today, July 28, open Category 2 and Category 3 burning will be prohibited in the Northwest Fire Center (NWFC) area.

The current forecast for the NWFC jurisdiction area calls for high temperatures through the weekend and into next week, causing an increased fire risk. This ban will remain in effect until October 15 or until the order is reversed.

Category 2 refers to fires, other than a campfire, that burn materials in a single heap not exceeding two meters in height and three meters in width, materials simultaneously in two heaps each not exceeding two meters in height and three meters in width and thatch or grass on an area not exceeding 0.2 hectares.

Category 3 means an open fire that simultaneously burns materials in three or more piles each not exceeding two meters in height and three meters in width, materials in one or more piles each exceeding two meters in height or three meters in width, one or more windrows (row of cut hay or small cereal) and stubble or grass over an area greater than 0.2 hectares.

More information on open burning is available online. Prohibited activities are fireworks, sky lanterns, binary explosive targets, burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description, and air curtain burners.

This prohibition order does not prohibit campfires half a meter high by half a meter wide (or less) and does not apply to gas, propane or briquette stoves. Campfire regulations are available online.

Prohibitions apply to all public and private lands, unless otherwise specified.

Anyone who violates an open burning ban may be issued a $1,150 ticket, may be required to pay an administrative fine of up to $10,000 or, if found guilty by a court, may be fined up to $100,000 and/or one year in prison. If the contravention causes or contributes to a forest fire, the responsible person may be ordered to pay all firefighting and related costs.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll free or *5555 on a cell phone or through the BC Wildfire Service mobile app.

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