Southeast Fire Centre

OpenFires are banned!    Campfires are permitted.    
Open burning is prohibited.
A campfire ban is not currently in effect.
Forest use restrictions are currently in effect.

Open Fire Regulations

• See an overview map of zones in the Southeast fire centre.

Open Fire Prohibitions

Definition of open fires

Category 2 open fires are once again permitted in the Columbia Fire Zone.

Larger Category 3 open fires remain prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.

The following activities remain prohibited in the Boundary, Arrow, Kootenay Lake, Invermere and Cranbrook fire zones:

* Category 2 open fires, as defined in the Wildfire Regulation
* stubble or grass burning of any size
* the use of air curtain burners (forced-air burning systems)
* the use of sky lanterns
* the use of fireworks, including firecrackers
* the use of burn barrels or burning cages of any size or description
* the use of binary exploding targets (e.g. for target practice)

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Campfire Bans

Definition of campfires
There are currently no campfire bans in effect for the Southeast fire centre.
The campfire ban that had been in place was rescinded at noon on Friday, September 14th throughout the entire Southeast Fire Centre.

Forest Use Restrictions

>>> Kootenay Lake Forest Use Restriction: Meadow Mtn FSR is closed at the 28.1km mark.

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, 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.

The following activities are also prohibited:
* the use of outdoor stoves and portable campfire apparatuses that are not CSA-approved or ULC-approved
* the use of chimneas, air curtain burners, sky lanterns, fireworks, firecrackers, burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description
* the use of tiki torches and similar kinds of torches
* the use of binary exploding targets (e.g. for rifle target practice)

These prohibitions do not apply to CSA-rated or ULC-rated cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, so long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres.
Prohibitions on larger Category 2 and Category 3 open fires remain in effect throughout the Southeast Fire Centre.

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Carlee Kachman
Fire Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
Southeast Fire Centre
250 365-4056

Ashley Davidoff
Fire Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
Southeast Fire Centre
250 365-4014