Category 2 and 3 open fires will be permitted in Prince George and North West fire centers – Vanderhoof Omineca Express
Open fires will be allowed next week in the Northwest and Prince George fire centers amid recent precipitation and cooler temperatures, dramatically reducing the risk of wildfires.
The ban on category 2 and category 3 open fires will be lifted at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, September 7. Fireworks, firecrackers and sky lanterns will also be allowed.
Category 2 open fires include one or two simultaneous burning piles not exceeding two meters high by three meters wide and the burning of thatch or grass over an area of less than 0.2 hectares.
Category 3 open fires include any fire more than two meters high by three meters wide, three or more stacks burning simultaneously each not exceeding two meters high by three meters wide, burning of thatch or d grass over an area greater than 0.2 hectares and the burning of one or more windrows.
Such activities have been banned since the end of June due to prolonged hot and dry weather conditions at the time, said BC Wildfire Service (BCWS).
A ban on campfires, with the exception of Robson Valley, was lifted on July 29 at fire centers in the Northwest and Prince George. The ban in Robson Valley was repealed almost a month later on August 27.
BCWS strongly encourages the public to exercise caution with all outdoor burns and campfires.
“It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure that the burning is carried out in a safe and responsible manner in accordance with regulations,” BCWS said in a press release.
“Before starting a fire, check with local government authorities to see if any local burning restrictions are in place.”
Anyone considering a Category 2 open burn should always check the ventilation rating, follow open air smoke regulations, and practice a safe burn.
All Category 3 open fires must comply with the Environmental Management Act and the Open Air Combustion Smoke Control Regulations. Anyone wishing to light a Category 3 open-pit fire must obtain a burn registration number in advance by calling 1-888-797-1717.
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