Category 2 open fire prohibition lifted in Northwest Fire Centre

SMITHERS – Category 2 open burning prohibitions will be rescinded in the Nadina Fire Zone and Bulkley Fire Zone, effective June 4, 2024 at 12 p.m. (noon). The prohibition on the use of fireworks, including firecrackers, and sky lanterns will also be rescinded in these two zones.

Category 3 open burning prohibitions are still in effect for the Nadina Fire Zone and the Bulkley Fire Zone, which includes the Nadina Forest District and Skeena portion of the Skeena/Stikine Forest District.

At this time, there are no open fire prohibitions in the Skeena Fire Zone or the Cassiar Fire Zone.

Please view a map of prohibitions in the Northwest Fire Centre, as of June 4, 2024 at 12 p.m., below.

Prohibitions apply to all public and private lands unless otherwise specified (e.g. in an enactment or local government bylaw). Please check with your local authorities before lighting any fire.

For more information please check the bans and restrictions webpage.

As a result of the recent precipitation and cooler temperatures, the wildfire risk has been reduced. However, 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 refers to:

  • one or two concurrently burning piles, each no larger than two metres high by three metres wide;
  • stubble or grass burning over an area 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: Click here.

Category 3 open fire refers to:

  • 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.

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BC Wildfire Service
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Northwest Fire Centre

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