Effective as of noon on Oct. 27, 2023, all open burning is permitted throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre’s jurisdiction and the Tsilhqot’in (Xeni Gwet’in) Declared Title Area.
People conducting open burning should use caution and be aware of local conditions that might impact their ability to burn safely and control their open fires. Anyone who lights an open fire must also comply with B.C.’s air quality control legislation.
The BC Wildfire Service urges people to take the following precautions with any allowed outdoor burning:
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.
Never leave a fire unattended.
Make sure that your fire is fully extinguished, and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.
Reminders about Category 2:
Anyone planning to conduct Category 2 open burning should always check the Ventilation Index, follow the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulations and practice safe burning.
More information on Category 2 open fire safety is available online.
Reminders about Category 3:
Anyone planning to conduct Category 3 open burning should always check the Ventilation Index, follow the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulations and practice safe burning.
Anyone lighting a Category 3 open fire must obtain a burn registration number ahead of time by calling 1-888-797-1717.
All Category 3 open fires must comply with the Environmental Management Act and the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulations. This requires individuals to check local venting conditions prior to lighting a fire and to understand all other obligations associated with these regulations.
Prohibitions apply to all public and private land, unless specified otherwise. Please check with your local government authorities for any other restrictions and assess conditions before lighting any fire.