Open Burning Regulation

Open burning—or burning outdoors—is allowed when the wildfire risk is low and can be a useful tool when conducted responsibly. Even if there are no provincial open burning prohibitions in place, check with local government authorities for any other open burning restrictions. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories visit

Open burning includes campfires, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires

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

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

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