Submitted by PG Fire Centre
Given the current and predicted weather conditions within the Prince George Fire Centre, the BC Wildfire Service is encouraging members of the public and industry personnel to exercise caution when conducting any outdoor burning.
The weather forecast is calling for a drying trend across most of the Prince George Fire Centre, and in particular around the Peace Region. As the temperature increases, the grass cures and dries, becoming extremely flammable, especially in windy conditions.
There are currently no open burning prohibitions in effect within the Prince George Fire Centre. However, it is the responsibility of the individual to ensure that burning is done in a safe manner in accordance with regulations. Before lighting any fire, it is advised to monitor the upcoming weather forecast and check with your local governments to see if any local burning restrictions are in place. Anyone conducting an outdoor burn must adhere to the following precautions:
• Ensure that adequate resources are on hand to control the fire and stop it from
• Never burn in windy conditions. Weather conditions can change quickly, and the wind
may carry embers to other combustible material and start new fires;
• Create an appropriately sized fireguard around the planned fire site by clearing away
twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material, right down to the mineral soil;
• Never leave a fire unattended;
• Make sure that any fire is completely extinguished, and the ashes are cold to the touch
before leaving the area for any length of time
Anyone wishing to light a Category 3 open fire must obtain a burn registration number ahead of time by calling 1-888-797-1717. A burn registration number is not required to light a Category 2 open fire. For more information regarding the Ventilation Index and Open Burning and Smoke Control Regulations, please visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/air/air-pollution/smoke-burning/ventilation-index
Everyone is encouraged to follow the FireSmart principles and ensure that the land on which
they live and play on is protected against wildfires. For more information and resources, visit:
https://firesmartbc.ca/ To report a wildfire, unattended campfire, or open burning violation, please call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: http://www.bcwildfire.ca