Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Open Burning Prohibition Effective Noon April 20

Information Bulletin

PRINCE GEORGE - Effective at noon on April 20, 2016, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires will be prohibited throughout the Prince George Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

 

The Prince George Fire Centre is experiencing drier than normal conditions this spring and this prohibition will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified. Anyone conducting Category 2 or Category 3 fires anywhere in the Prince George Fire Centre must extinguish any such fires by noon on April 20, 2016.

 

Specifically, prohibited activities will include:

 

* the burning of any waste, slash or other materials

* stubble or grass fires of any size over any area

* the use of burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description

* the use of sky lanterns, tiki torches or fireworks

* the use of stoves and other portable campfire apparatuses that are not CSA/ULC approved

 

This prohibition does not ban campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller, and it does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes. A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online: bit.ly/1GlhE9l

 

A map of affected areas within the Prince George Fire Centre is available online: bit.ly/23Xn3LO

 

This prohibition applies to 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 in place and is serviced by a fire department. Please check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire.

 

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

 

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or dial *5555 on a cellphone.

 

You can follow the latest wildfire news on:

* Twitter at: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo 

* Facebook at: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

 

Media Contact:

Amanda Reynolds

Fire Information Officer

BC Wildfire Service

Prince George Fire Centre

250 565-6129 (office)

250 961-4176 (cell)

 

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