PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Effective at noon on Wednesday, April 27, Category 3 open fires will once again be allowed in some southern sections of the Prince George Fire Centre’s jurisdiction — which includes Prince George, Vanderhoof, Fort St. James and Mackenzie only.
Category 3 activities such as burning material in one or more piles, one or more windrows, or stubble or grass over an area larger than one fifth of a hectare are now allowed. However, Category 2 open burning remains restricted throughout the entire region.
This move is due to cooler and wetter conditions and a decrease to wildfire risk in the region, says the BC Wildfire Service.
The remaining prohibitions do not ban campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller, and do not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.
The prohibitions apply to all B.C. Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but do not apply within the boundaries of a local government with forest fire prevention bylaws in place and is serviced by a fire department.
Anyone found trying to get around an open burning prohibition could be issued a violation ticket for $1,150. They could also be 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 someone starts an open fire during this time in violation of the prohibition and starts a wildfire, that person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting costs associated.