Open Burning Regulation

Coastal Fire Centre Category 2 Open Burn Prohibition

Effective noon on Friday, May 18, 2018, Category 2 open burns will be prohibited.

Specifically, the Category 2 prohibition applies to:

  • the burning of any material (piled or unpiled) smaller than two metres high and three metres wide.
  • the burning of stubble or grass fires over an area of less than 2,000 square metres
  • the use of fireworks, firecrackers, sky lanterns, burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description.
  • the use of binary exploding targets (e.g. for rifle target practice).

A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online at: www.gov.bc.ca/openfireregs .

Anyone who lights a fire must comply with B.C.'s air quality control legislation.  The BC Wildfire Service urges people to take the following precautions with any permitted outdoor burning:

  • Ensure that enough people, water and tools are on hand to control the fire and stop it escaping.
  • Do not burn in windy conditions.  The weather can change quickly and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material and start new fires.
  • Create a fire guard around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Make sure that your fire is fully extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before you leave the area for any length of time.

The Coastal Fire Centre covers all of the area west of the height of land on the Coast Mountain Range from the U.S.-Canada border at Manning Park, including Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park in the north, the Sunshine Coast, the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Haida Gwaii. 

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

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: www.bcwildfire.ca