Open Burning Prohibited throughout British Columbia

Category 2, Category 3, Resource Open Management Fires to be prohibited

Effective at noon (Pacific time) on Thursday, April 16, 2020, most open burning activities will be prohibited throughout British Columbia to reduce the likelihood of human-caused wildfires, although campfires will still be allowed.

The following activities will be prohibited, and these restrictions will remain in effect until the public is otherwise notified:

  • Category 2 open fires;
  • Category 3 open fires;
  • Resource Management open fires;
  • the use of fireworks;
  • the use of sky lanterns; and
  • the use of burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description (except when used for a campfire)

These prohibitions apply to all public and private land within British Columbia, unless specified otherwise (e.g. in a local government bylaw).  Check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire.  A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online: 

Full Information Bulletin here

Restriction Map

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 10:15am