Reporting of Burning Complaints
To report burning of construction debris, garbage and prohibited materials:
Anytime – Call the BC Conservation Officer Service Report All Poachers & Polluters (RAPP) Line at 1-877-952-7277
To report Illegal Landclearing Burns
(CVRD Electoral Area C, D and E West) contact  CVRD Bylaw Enforcement Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm at 250-746-2500
If the Fire is a threat to life or property, immediately dial 9-1-1
Please call 9-1-1 ONLY for emergency fire response. Volunteer Firefighters are paged from their regular work and family lives to respond to emergencies.
Report a Wildfire
1-800-663-5555 or *5555 from a cellular phone
Agricultural Burning
Agricultural burning is carried out to clear the land for planting, and control pest, disease and weeds. These activities cause smoky conditions and elevated levels of particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10). Materials typically burned are:
  • brush, stumps and roots;
  • grass stubble;
  • orchard prunings;
  • diseased crop materials;
  • spoiled hay and straw;

Agricultural open burning of weeds, foliage, leaves, crops or stubbles is exempt from the current Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation. However, open burning of piled land-clearing debris, as well as orchard prunings, must be in compliance with the regulation.

A person who carries out open burning on a parcel of land is exempt section 6 (2), (3) and (4) of the Environmental Management Act if:

a) the debris is open burned on the parcel of land from which it originated;

b) substances which normally emit dense smoke or noxious odours, and those prohibited materials set out in Schedule A of the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation, are not included with debris that is open burned;

c) every reasonable alternative for reducing, reusing or recycling debris has been pursued to minimize the amount of debris to be open burned;

d) an open burning ban by a fire protection agency having jurisdiction, a municipality or an improvement district is not in effect;

e) the open burning complies with any applicable municipal, regional district or improvement district bylaw or portion of bylaw that has the effect of being more restrictive than this regulation;

f) when required, a burning permit issued under the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act or under municipal, regional district or improvement district bylaw has been obtained;

g) the open burning is conducted in accordance with the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act;

h) the open burning is conducted in accordance with the conditions set out in section 3;

i) the open burning is conducted in accordance with the Open Burning Smoke Control Code of Practice in Schedule B; and

j) before starting the open burning, the person confirms that no public notice suspending the exemptions has been issued under section 4.

 

The following materials must not be included with debris that is open burned:

  • tires
  • treated lumber
  • plastics
  • railway ties
  • drywall
  • manure
  • demolition waste
  • rubber
  • domestic waste
  • asphalt and asphalt products
  • paint
  • hazardous waste
  • fuel and lubricant containers
  • tar papaer
  • biomedical waste

Favourable weather for smoke dispersion

  1. Unless otherwise specified for smoke management purposes in a Ministry of Forests and Range burning permit or in a burn plan approved by the Ministry of Forests and Range, open burning of debris must not be initiated unless the ventilation index is forcast as:
  • (a) “good” for the day the open burn is to be started, and
  • (b) “good” or “fair” on the second day the debris is anticipated to release smoke.

BC Air Quality Venting Index – Current Daily Report

  1. If the ventilation index required by subsection (1) is not publicly available, a person who proposes to open burn debris must conduct a test burn, lasting no more than 60 minutes, of sufficient debris on the site to evaluate the weather conditions so as to ensure that smoke from any subsequent open burning, initiated on the same day as the test burn, will not negatively impact on a nearby population or cause pollution.
  1. Open burning of debris must not be initiated if the local air flow will cause the smoke to negatively impact on a nearby population or cause pollution.
  1. Unless otherwise exempted for smoke management purposes by a Ministry of Forests and Range burning permit or in a burn plan approved by the Ministry of Forests and Range, open burning of debris must not be initiated if atmospheric mixing at the site where the debris is to be burned is insufficient to provide rapid dispersion of the smoke.

 

Farm Practices Burning Information