Campfire Ban to be Lifted in Southeast Fire Centre Friday Afternoon

UPDATE: The City of Cranbrook will also lift the campfire ban within their own municipal limits Friday afternoon. While campfires will once again be allowed in the Kootenays and Okanagan, BC Wildfire Service is reminding the public that other types of burning will still be illegal.

Thanks to decreased wildfire risks in the region, campfires will be permitted in the Southeast Fire Centre as of 1:00 pm MST on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

As for Category 2 open fires, they will only be allowed in the Columbia Fire Zone within the Southeast Fire Centre, which includes areas like Golden and Revelstoke. A map of the affected areas can be found here. 

The following activities remain prohibited in the Boundary, Arrow, Kootenay Lake, Invermere and Cranbrook fire zones:

  • Category 2 open fires, as defined in the Wildfire Regulation
  • Stubble or grass burning of any size
  • Air curtain burners (forced-air burning systems)
  • Sky lanterns
  • Fireworks and firecrackers
  • Burn barrels or burning cages of any size or description
  • Binary exploding targets (e.g. for target practice)

The BC Wildfire Service thanks the public for its continued support, vigilance and co-operation during this challenging fire season.

The Southeast Fire Centre encompasses the area extending from the United States border in the south to Mica Dam in the north, and from the Okanagan Highlands or Monashee Mountains in the west to the B.C.-Alberta border in the east. The Southeast Fire Centre includes the Selkirk and Rocky Mountain natural resource districts.

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:

A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online:

A poster about campfire regulations is available online:

- David Opinko / with files from BC Wildfire Service

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