Open backyard burning is now allowed. That is burn barrels and hand piles only. Please check the current venting index before you burn. Anyone who lights an open fire must comply with B.C.’s air-quality control legislation. That means the venting index must be “good” before you light up your burn pile/burn barrel. You can find the current venting index (it is updated daily) on the lower portion of this page. No permits are required.
Machine piled, or industrial burn piles are still prohibited until further notice.
If you do plan to light a fire:
- 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 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 right down to the soil.
- It is unlawful to leave a fire unattended.
- Make sure that your fire is fully extinguished, and the ashes are cold to the touch before you leave.
The proposed 2019 Operating Budget has been posted for you to view in the “Administration” section of this website