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Cariboo Fire Centre allowing Category 2 open burning this week

Residents can now burn certain items, but Category 3 fires are still banned
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The B.C. Wildfire Service has decided to lift its Category 2 open burning ban within the Cariboo Fire Centre.

After a two-week assessment, the service says weather conditions have improved and residents can now do certain forms of open burning starting tomorrow (June 26) at noon.

This includes:

  • Burning stubble or grass over an area less than 0.2 hectares
  • Using sky lanterns
  • Lighting fireworks, including firecrackers
  • Using tiki torches and similar kinds of torches
  • Binary exploding targets (e.g. for target practice)  
  • Burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description
  • Using air curtain burners

However, Category 3 open burning is still banned within the Cariboo until Sept. 29, 2019, or until the B.C. Wildfire Service deems it safe to do so.

This includes burning material in piles larger than two metres high and three metres wide, windrows, or grass over anything larger than 0.2 hectares (2,000 sq. m) in size.

Residents are encouraged to follow up with the B.C. Wildfire Service or local government authorities about any particular restrictions when lighting a fire.

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a 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.

You can report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation 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


Kyle  Balzer

About the Author: Kyle Balzer

Kyle Balzer graduated with distinction from BCIT's Broadcast & Online Journalism program in 2016. Since moving to Prince George, he has covered a variety of stories from education & Indigenous relations, to community interests & sports.
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