Fireworks, sky lanterns, burn barrels and burn cages of all sizes will be prohibited throughout Castlegar beginning April 16.
The ban is in addition to Castlegar’s open air burning bylaw that prohibits open burning and is in conjunction with the Provincial Category 2 and Category 3 bans issued to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.
According to fire chief Sam Lattanzio, these open burning prohibitions also support the Provincial State of Emergency and BC Centre for Disease Control’s recommendation to help reduce excess air pollution in air-sheds throughout the province. They will be strictly enforced.
At this time, campfires are still permitted, but may only burn clean wood on private property.
These prohibitions do not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to portable campfire apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating.