In Effect, until notified by Min. of Forest, Lands and Natural Resources
Open burning restrictions issued for all high smoke sensitivity zones in BC
BC CDC recommends implementing measures that help to reduce excess air pollution in populated airsheds across the province. There is strong evidence that exposure to air pollution increases susceptibility to respiratory viral infections by decreasing immune function. This means that:
- Deterioration in air quality may lead to more COVID-19 infections overall,
- Deterioration in air quality may lead to more cases of severe COVID-19 infections, adding further demand to our healthcare system, and
- Improvements to air quality may help to protect the whole population from COVID-19 and its potentially severe effects.
Anyone found with an open burning fire may be issued a ticket and/or fines between $1,150 to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail.
The following is prohibited:
- Category 2 & 3 Open Fires
- Resource Management Open Fires
- Fireworks/Firecrackers and Sky Lanterns
- Burning Barrels/Cages (THIS INCLUDES BURNING GARBAGE)
THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE FOOD SECURITY FIRES
(i.e. BBQ fish, smokehouse or for canning)
However please ensure you have a hose close by and/or BBQ your fish at Low Tide at the beach