Effective at 1:00 pm Mountain Time on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, Category 2 open burning prohibitions will be rescinded throughout the Southeast Fire Centre’s jurisdiction. The Southeast Fire Centre’s jurisdiction includes the Elk Valley and South Country.

Due to decreased wildfire risk, the following activities will once again be permitted throughout the Southeast Fire Centre:
• one to two concurrently burning piles no larger than two metres high by three metres wide
• burning stubble or grass over an area less than 0.2 hectares
• the use of fireworks
• the use of exploding binary targets
• the use of air curtain burners
• the use of sky lanterns, and
• the use of burn barrels or burn cages

Category 3 open fires, as defined in the Wildfire Regulation, remain prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre until October 31st or the public is otherwise notified.

Residents are reminded to take the following precautions with any Category 2 open burning:
• Never leave a fire unattended.
• Follow the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulations
• Check the local venting index. Venting index information is also available by calling 1 888 281-2992
• At least one person equipped with a firefighting hand tool must monitor the fire at all times.
• Never burn in windy conditions. 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.
• Make sure that your fire is fully extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before you leave the area for any length of time.

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 $100,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to up 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, as well as the value of the resources damaged or destroyed by the wildfire.

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