All open fire prohibitions lifted in the Northwest Fire Centre

SMITHERS – Category 2 and Category 3 open burning prohibitions will be rescinded in the Nadina Fire Zone, effective Oct. 3, 2023, at 12 p.m. (noon).

The Category 1 (campfire) prohibition was rescinded across the Northwest Fire Centre on Sept. 27, 2023. Category 2 and Category 3 prohibitions were also rescinded in all fire zones except the Nadina Fire Zone on Sept. 27, 2023.

For more information please check the bans and restrictions webpage.

With recent precipitation and cooler temperatures, the wildfire risk has been greatly reduced; however, there are still active wildfires burning within the region. The public is strongly encouraged to exercise caution with any outdoor burning and campfire use. It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure that burning is done in a safe and responsible manner in accordance with regulations.

Category 2 open fire:

  • one or two concurrently burning piles no larger than two metres high by three metres wide;
  • stubble or grass burning over an area of less than 0.2 hectares in size

Reminders about Category 2 open fire:

Anyone planning to conduct Category 2 open burning should always check the Ventilation Index, follow the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulations and practice safe burning. Create a fireguard around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material. Have an adequate source of pressurized water on hand. Never leave a fire unattended and make sure the fire is fully extinguished with ashes cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.

More information on Category 2 open fire safety is available online.

Category 3 open fire:

  • any fire larger than two metres high by three metres wide;
  • three or more concurrently burning piles each no larger than two metres high by three metres wide;
  • the burning of stubble or grass over an area greater than 0.2 hectares; and
  • the burning of one or more windrows.

Anyone wishing to light a Category 3 open fire must obtain a burn registration number ahead of time by calling 1-888-797-1717. A burn registration number is not required to light a Category 2 open fire.

Reminders about Category 3 open burning:

All Category 3 open fires must comply with the Environmental Management Act and the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulations. This requires individuals to check local venting conditions prior to lighting a fire and to understand all other obligations associated with these regulations.

More information on Category 3 open fire safety is available online.

Residents within a local government’s jurisdiction must follow the bylaws set out by their local government. Please check with your local authorities before lighting a fire.

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


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