Most open burning activities have been prohibited throughout British Columbia since noon (Pacific time) on Thursday, April 16, 2020. These prohibitions apply to all public and private land within British Columbia, unless specified otherwise (e.g., in a local government bylaw) and will remain in effect until the public is otherwise notified.

The following activities are currently prohibited in B.C.:

  • Category 2 open fires;
  • Category 3 open fires;
  • Resource Management open fires;
  • the use of fireworks;
  • the use of sky lanterns; and
  • the use of burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description (except when used for a campfire no larger than 0.5 metres wide by 0.5 metres high).

For further information about the current prohibitions, please review the attached Information Bulletin. For the most up-to-date prohibition information, as well as a poster explaining the different categories of open burning, please visit the BC Wildfire Service “Fire Bans and Restrictions” page: