Burning Regulations

In an effort to maintain air quality, provide efficient response to fires and having a means for residents to dispose of garden wastes, the Town of Creston Fire Service Bylaw No. 1774, 2011 addresses specifics to open burning within the municipal boundaries. Open burning is only permitted during the months of April and October and only through authorization by a permit issued by the Town of Creston.

For open burning regulations outside of the municipal boundaries of the Town of Creston, please visit the Fire Prohibitions website.

Burning Permits

Burning permits can be purchased at Town Hall during the months of April and October. Permit fees vary from $15 to $250 based upon size of pile and type of burning required by the permit holder. Burning permits are valid only for a 1 week duration, unless revoked earlier by the fire department due to violations or where the Fire Chief considers environmental conditions are not safe for open burning, imposing a general ban on all open burning for the duration those conditions exist. Only 6 burning permits will be issued to a specified property per year.

Permits are required for all open fires for the purposes of burning:
  • Residential piles no more than 1 cubic metre of leaves, foliage or weeds
  • Field clearing of freestanding grass and underbrush
Burning permits for larger piles over 1 cubic metre and commercial or industrial waste shall be inspected and approved prior to issuance of burning permit. Please download the outdoor burning permit information and guideline document to review the various requirements on open burning within our community.

Important Burning Regulation Information

  • All burning may be suspended during a total fire ban as proclaimed by the Ministry of Forests, British Columbia Forest Service or Ministry of Environment.
  • All open burning not considered agricultural and residential backyard burning of foliage, weed, crops or stubble is required to check the ventilation index by calling 888-281-2992, as required by the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation from the Ministry of Environment.
  • Burning is restricted to daylight hours only.
  • Burning is restricted to 4 hour duration at a time.
  • No burning barrels are permitted.
  • No material other than dry wood, paper or cardboard shall be used to start, assist or enhance the burning.
  • Permit holders shall provide shovels, charged water hose(s) and ensure that the fire is attended at all times by an adult.
  • Residential fires must not be larger than 1 metre square and a minimum of 5 metres from buildings, fences and any other combustible structure or thing.
  • Site clearances and other stipulations may be made on the permit by the Fire Chief or fire department member in charge.
  • The burning of prohibited materials in any residential, commercial or industrial area is not permitted. Prohibited materials are defined by the Ministry of Environment as; Asphalt, asphalt products, biomedical waste, domestic waste, drywall, manure, fuel or lubricant containers, paint, tar paper, plastics, railway ties, rubber, special waste, treated lumber and tires. More information may be obtained from the Ministry of Environment.
  • The permit holder must comply with all provincial act and legislation regarding open burning.
  • Violations to the burning regulations or burning without a permit may result in penalties outlined within the Town of Creston Fire Service Bylaw No. 1674, 2008.

Cooking Fires

Open air fires are permitted throughout the year in fireplaces, grills or barbecues. This includes small fires fueled by clean dry wood in a contained fire pit with a covering grate to be used for cooking only. Consideration of neighbouring properties and structures is required. The Fire Chief or the fire department member in charge may require extinguishment of the fire if deemed necessary.

Ventilation Index Forecast

Burning is only permitted on good venting days only. Please check the Ventilation Index Forecast below before burning: