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“Anyone wishing to light an open fire must watch for changing weather conditions and follow all burning regulations in order to reduce the number of preventable wildfires,” warns the branch.

The consequence of ignoring regulations and prohibitions on open burning include a $345 ticket, and in more serious cases, $100,000 and/or one year in jail.

Those who conduct industrial burns – defined as anything over 0.2 hectares – should be aware that you must obtain a burn registration number ahead of time by calling 1 888 797 1717.

In general, you can check an online table to look for ‘venting conditions’ and if they are rated ‘poor’ or ‘fair’, open burning is restricted.

Here are some tips, provided by the Prince George Fire Centre, to avoid causing accidental wildfires.

  • Ensure that enough people, water and tools are on hand to control the fire and prevent it from escaping.
  • Do not burn during windy conditions. Weather conditions can change quickly and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material and start new fires.
  • Create a fireguard at least one metre around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material.
  • If you are planning a large burn, consider conducting smaller burns around the perimeter beforehand to create a fuel break and help prevent the fire from spreading beyond its intended size. Each of these fires should be kept small and must be completely extinguished before starting a new fire.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Make sure that your fire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before you leave the area for any length of time.

A more complete list can be found by following this link.

Up-to-date information on burning restrictions and current wildfire activity can be found online or by calling 1 888 3 FOREST

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