Some open burning restrictions lifted in the Prince George Fire Centre

The Siphon Creek fire on May 18, 2016. Photo Courtesy: B.C. Wildfire Service

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Effective noon on Wednesday, the Prince George Fire Centre will lift the open burning ban on category 3 fires.

The fire ban will remain in place for all category 2 open burning.  A Category 3 open fire is a fire that burns material in piles larger than two metres high and three metres wide, windrows, or grass over an area larger than 0.2 hectares (2000 square metres) in size.

A Category 2 open fire is an open fire, excluding a campfire, that burns piled material no larger than two metres high and three metres wide, or grass over an area less than 0.2 hectares (2000 square metres) in size.

Campfires are still allowed in the Prince George Fire Centre, that covers the B.C. Peace, as long as the fires are no larger than 0.5 m in height and 0.5 m in width and is used by any person for recreational purpose, or by a First Nation for a ceremonial purpose.

For further information about fire bans in the region, click here.

This poster shows what is covered under the open fire regulations in B.C. - B.C. Wildfire Service.
This poster shows what is covered under the open fire regulations in B.C. – B.C. Wildfire Service.

 

Cooler temperatures and precipitation in the region have reduced wildfire risks and allowed the Category 3 burning prohibition to be lifted.   Although clearing and burning activities can help mitigate interface
wildfire risks, any open burning must be done safely.

 

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. Before conducting any burn, check with your local fire department, municipality and regional district to see if any other open burning restrictions or bylaws are in effect.

The Prince George Fire Centre extends from the borders of the Yukon and Northwest Territories in the north to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, Cottonwood River and Robson Valley in the south, and from the Alberta border in the east to the Skeena Mountains in the west.