Fire Bans and Restrictions

Find out what fire bans and restrictions are in effect in your area. You can face serious fines and penalties if you fail to adhere to these bans and restrictions.

Open Burning Restrictions continued for all High Smoke Sensitivity Zones in British Columbia (including Salmo)

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, in collaboration with provincial public health partners is continuing open burning restrictions for all High Smoke Sensitivity Zones across the province until Monday, June 15, 2020. Pursuant to the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation, no new fires may be initiated and no additional material may be added to existing fires. These restrictions do not apply to campfires. These restrictions are directly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the effect pollutants have on viral respiratory infections.

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy’s media release can be found here.

All of the areas affected by this open burning restriction, as well as other restrictions from venting conditions, can be found on the provincial Interactive Venting Index web page.

Effective noon (Pacific time) on Thursday, April 16, 2020, most open burning activities will be prohibited throughout British Columbia

The following activities will be prohibited, and these restrictions will remain in effect until the public is otherwise notified: 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).

These prohibitions will apply to all public and private land within British Columbia, unless specified otherwise (e.g., in a local government bylaw). A map of the affected areas is available here.

For more information, please review the information bulletin found here.

View current bans and restrictions


Village passes new Fire Prevention Bylaw

View Bylaw #719 Fire Prevention Bylaw.

During a Public Welfare Emergency, provided the province has not placed an outright ban on burning, back yard fires are limited to a maximum of one (1) per week, per household and must comply with provincial restrictions.