Open Air Burning Permits

These regulations do not apply to:

  • Small and confined fires used for cooking foods, including grills and barbecues
  • necessary municipal burning, or
  • necessary Fire Rescue department burning

Burning inside the NRRM Fire Protection Area

Northern Rockies Fire Rescue issue burn permits (subject to weather and other restrictions) to anyone burning in our Fire Protection Area. Burn Permits are available free of charge from the Northern Rockies Fire Rescue between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday (except statutory holidays). Call us if you have questions - some may be answered in the Province of BC open burning regulation poster at the bottom of the page.

The Fire Chief or his designate may issue a permit for open air burning of brush, stumps, slash, and light material resulting from the clearing of land (under the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation, no burning of construction material or debris is permitted), and for campfires in designated recreational areas, for eight(8) hours maximum duration on the conditions that:

  1. Tar, asphalt, shingles, battery boxes, plastic materials or any similar materials which produce heavy black smoke are not used in the fire; and
  2. Use of oils of grades 4 or lighter used as propellants for open air burning of brush, bush, stumps, or slash and light materials, where such materials are necessary to ignite or sustain the burning shall be the absolute minimum required and to the satisfaction of the Fire Chief; and
  3. A competent person is placed and kept at all times in charge or the fire while it is burning or smouldering, and sufficient appliances and equipment are available to prevent the fire from getting beyond control, or causing damage and becoming dangerous;
  4. OR the burning is authorized by permit under the BC Waste Management Act or is exempt under the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation.

NRRM Burning Permit application

Burning outside the NRRM Fire Protection Area

If you are burning outside of our Fire Protection Area, you will need to contact the BC Wildfire Service and obtain a burn registration number by calling 1.888.797.1717 or emailing hpr.1800@gov.bc.ca. These numbers are logged into the Open Fire Tracking System (OFTS) along with details about the registered burn.

BC Open Burning Regulations poster