Category 1 campfire prohibition to be rescinded in the Southeast Fire Centre



Effective 12:00 noon PDT on Friday, September 1, 2023, campfires will again be allowed in the Southeast Fire Centre.

The BC Wildfire Service takes several factors into account before rescinding open burning prohibitions. This includes balancing the needs of the public with the need to mitigate the risk of human-caused wildfires. The combination of current and future forecasts, recent precipitation, and improved overnight recoveries has reduced the need to prohibit campfires in the Southeast.

As defined in the Wildfire Regulations, Category 2 and Category 3 open burning (any fire larger than 0.5 metres wide by 0.5 metres high) remains in effect throughout the Southeast Fire Centre. The following equipment and activities are also prohibited throughout the Fire Centre:

  • the use of sky lanterns
  • the use of fireworks
  • the use of air curtain burners
  • the use of burn barrels and burn cages
  • the use of binary exploding targets

A map of the affected areas and their associated prohibitions is available here

Anyone lighting a campfire in an area where campfires are allowed must maintain a fireguard by removing flammable debris from around the campfire area, attend the fire at all times, and must have a hand tool or at least eight litres of water available nearby to properly extinguish the campfire.

To report an abandoned campfire, wildfire, or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on a cellphone.

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