Effective noon today, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires are prohibited until further notice in the Southeast Fire Centre to prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.
Prohibited activities include the burning of any waste, slash or other materials; stubble or grass fires of any size over any area; the use of fireworks, sky lanterns or burning barrels or cages of any size or description; the use of binary exploding targets (e.g. for rifle target practice); and the use of forced air burning systems.
This prohibition does not ban campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller, and does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.
The Southeast Fire Centre is experiencing drier-than-normal conditions and an elevated fire hazard. These prohibitions are being put in place due to current weather conditions and the long-range forecast.
This prohibition covers all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws and is serviced by a fire department.