Cat 2 & 3 fires banned in PG Fire Centre beginning Thursday, May 11…


Tuesday, May 9, 2023 | 12:07 pm

Effective at 12:00 pm (noon) on Thursday May 11, 2023, Category 2 and Category 3 open burning is prohibited across the Prince George Fire Centre. This prohibition remains in force until the earlier of 12:00 noon PDT on Sunday October 15, 2023 or until the Order is rescinded.

This prohibition has been implemented to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety due to the high grass fire hazard and increased incidence of human-caused wildfires associated with Category 2 and Category 3 open burning.

Specifically, prohibited activities that would constitute a Category 2 & 3 open fire include:

  • One to two concurrently burning piles no larger than two metres high by three metres wide or burning stubble or grass over an area less than 0.2 hectares;
  • burning of one or more windrows;
  • burning of stubble or grass over an area greater than 0.2 hectares; and
  • fireworks.

This prohibition does not ban campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller and does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane, or briquettes.

For more information on Category 2 & 3 open burning please click Here.

Check with local government authorities for restrictions before lighting any fire. Anyone found in contravention of an open-burning prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150, may be required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $10,000 or, if convicted in court, may be 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.

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