Effective at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, open fires will be
permitted throughout the Northwest Fire Centre due to a decreased risk of
This rescinding of the open fire prohibition applies to all BC Parks, Crown lands
and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of local governments
that have forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by fire departments.
Please check with civic authorities for any restrictions before lighting a fire.
Anyone lighting a Category 3 fire must first obtain a burn registration number by
calling 1 888 797-1717 and must comply with all other legislation regarding open
A Category 3 fire is a fire that burns material piled more than two metres in
height or three metres in width, or stubble or grass covering more than 2,000
square metres, or more than two piles of any size.
Anyone who lights an open fire must have sufficient personnel, water and tools on
hand to stop the fire from escaping. Never light a fire in windy conditions,
never leave a fire unattended and make sure that the ashes are completely cold to
the touch before leaving the area.
Anyone who lights a campfire must have a hand tool, such as a shovel, or at least
eight litres of water nearby to fully extinguish it.
The Northwest Fire Centre covers the area from Burns Lake to the West Coast and
from Tweedsmuir Park to the Yukon border. This area is highlighted in shades of
orange on a map available online at: http://bit.ly/OvGmp9
Report a wildfire or unattended campfire by calling 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or
*5555 on a cellphone.
For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions,
road closures and air quality advisories, go to: http://bcwildfire.ca/