The Southeast Fire Cenre has reinstated open burning prohibitions. (Black Press Media photo)

The Southeast Fire Cenre has reinstated open burning prohibitions. (Black Press Media photo)

Category 2 open burn ban reinstated throughout Southeast Fire Centre

After temporarily suspending the Category 2 burning ban, the Southeast Fire Centre has now put it back in place until October 28, 2023.

The following is again prohibited:

• Category 2 burning is defined as material in one pile not exceeding two metres in height and three metres in width.

◦ One to two concurrently burning piles no larger than two metres high by three metres wide

◦ burning of stubble or grass over an area less than 0.2 hectares

• the use of fireworks

• the use of binary exploding targets

• the use of air curtain burners

• the use of sky lanterns, and

• the use of burn barrels or burn cages

Campfires are still allowed in the Southeast Fire Centre although a ban was reinstated in the Kelowna Fire Centre this week.

These prohibitions apply to all public and private land, unless specified otherwise (e.g., in a local government bylaw). Check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire. Wildfire prevention is a shared responsibility. Human-caused wildfires are completely preventable and divert critical resources away from lightning-caused wildfires.

Anyone found in contravention of an open fire prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

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

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