Campfires still allowed but other fires banned

Kootenay residents are advised that the Province has banned Category 2 open fires, which means the following activities are prohibited:

  • The burning of waste, slash or other materials
  • Grass or stubble fires
  • Use of any fireworks, sky lanterns or burning barrels
  • The use of binary exploding targets (e.g. for rifle target practice)
  • The use of air curtain burners

Campfires that are a half-meter high by a half-metre wide or smaller are still permitted. The ban does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.

If you do light a campfire, remember to take precautions:

  • do not burn during windy conditions
  • do not leave a fire unattended
  • ensure the fire is fully extinguished before leaving the area—make sure ashes are cold to the touch
  • construct a fire guard
  • have water and/or a hand tool nearby to extinguish the fire

To view a map that shows the affected area, visit!Project/WildfireNews/6282016~15643_16%20Southeast%20MAP%20Prohibition%20%208X11P%20Info%2020160628.pdf

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 of *5555 on a cell.

For info on current wildfires, burning restrictions and air quality, see

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For further information, please contact:

Andrew Bellerby, General Manager of Fire and Emergency Services/Regional Fire Chief

The content on this page was last updated July 5 2016 at 1:51 PM