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General News · 21st July 2020
Shaun Koopman
Effective at noon Pacific time on Friday, July 24, 2020, most open burning activities will be prohibited throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, although campfires will still be allowed. This prohibition is being enacted to help reduce wildfire risk and protect public safety. Category 2 and Category 3 open fire will be prohibited throughout the Coastal Fire Centre's jurisdiction with the exception being Category 3 open fire will not be prohibited in Haida Gwaii.

Specifically, this prohibition applies to:
• Category 2 open fire
o the open burning of any material (piled or unpiled) smaller than two metres high
and three metres wide;
o the open burning of material concurrently in 2 piles each not exceeding 2 m in height and
3 m in width; or
o burning of stubble or grass fires over an area smaller than 0.2 hectares.

• Category 3 open fire
o any fire larger than 2 metres high by 3 metres wide;
o the burning of 3 or more concurrently burning piles no larger than 2 metres high
by 3 metres wide;
o the burning of 1 or more windrows; and
o burning stubble or grass over an area greater than 0.2 hectares.
Also prohibited are the activities listed below (Wildfire Act, Section 12):
• Fireworks;
• Sky Lanterns;
• Binary Exploding Targets;
• Burn Barrels or Burn Cages of any size or description; and,
• Air Curtain Burners

The prohibition does not apply to campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or
smaller, or to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes. A poster explaining the
different categories of open burning is available online at: www.gov.bc.ca/openfireregs

Anyone lighting a campfire must maintain a fireguard by removing flammable debris from
around the campfire area and have a hand tool or at least eight litres of water available nearby
to properly extinguish the fire.

Anyone found in contravention of an open fire prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for
$1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $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.