Category 2 and 3 Open Burning prohibited across Prince George Fire Centre

The following open burning prohibition has been enacted by the BC Wildfire Service/Ministry of Forests, not the Peace River Regional District.

This open fire prohibition is not an evacuation order or alert.

The PRRD encourages all residents to sign up for NEBC alerts if they have not already done so, to receive emergency information for the Peace region.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone or through the BC Wildfire Service mobile app.

PRINCE GEORGE – Effective at 12:00 noon PDT today, Thursday March 28, 2024Category 2 and Category 3 open burning will be prohibited across the Prince George Fire Centre. This prohibition will remain in place until 12:00 noon PDT on Tuesday October 15, 2024 or until the Order is rescinded.

Anyone conducting a Category 2 or 3 open burn anywhere in the Prince George Fire Centre jurisdiction must extinguish it by the 12:00 noon PDT Thursday, March 28, 2024 deadline.

The following activities and use of the following equipment, materials and substances will also be prohibited:

  • Fireworks
  • Sky lanterns
  • Burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description
  • Binary exploding targets

This prohibition does not ban Category 1 (campfires) that are a half-metre high by half-metre wide or smaller, or the use of cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.

This Order applies to the following geographic boundaries as illustrated and is specific to all public and private land unless otherwise specified in an enactment.

Multiple factors are taken into consideration when assessing wildfire hazards and deciding whether to implement Open Fire Prohibitions, including drought conditions, current and forecasted weather, the availability of fire fighting resources and the Buildup Index (BUI).

This prohibition is being implemented to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety due to the high grass fire hazard, persistent drought conditions and increased incidence of human-caused wildfires associated with Category 2 and Category 3 open burning.

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $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. Violators could also be held responsible for damages to Crown resources, which could be significant. More information about the Wildfire Act and Regulation is available online.

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