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
Industrial Burning (Category 3 Open Fire)
In British Columbia, the Wildfire Act and regulation specify your legal obligations when using fire in, or within, one kilometre of forest land or grassland. A Category 3 open fire is defined as a fire that burns:
  • ƒmaterial concurrently in three or more piles each not exceeding 2 metres (6 feet) in height and 3 metres (10 feet) in width; or
  • ƒƒmaterial in one or more piles each exceeding 2 metres (6 feet) in height or 3 metres (10 feet) in width; or
  • ƒƒone or more windrows; or
  • ƒƒstubble or grass over an area exceeding 0.2 hectares (more than 2,000 square metres / 6,500 square feet).

 

Anyone who lights, fuels or makes use of a Category 3 open fire must comply with the Environmental Management Act and Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation. The Regulation requires individuals to check local venting conditions prior to ignition and to ensure that no air quality burning bans are in place.
Burning anything other than clean woody debris requires a permit or approval from the Ministry of Environment.
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.
  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.

 

A Guide to Category 3 and Resource Management Open Fires – Click Here