Open fires prohibited in Prince George Fire Centre jurisdiction

PRINCE GEORGE– Effective at 12:00 pm (noon) on Friday, May 5, 2023, Category 2 open burning is prohibited within the the Peace Forest District and the Fort Nelson Forest District. This prohibition remains in force until the earlier of 12:00 noon PDT on June 2, 2023 or until the Order is rescinded.

May 11, 2023

Ministry of Forests
BC Wildfire Service

Category 2 and 3 Open Burning Prohibited in the Prince George Fire Centre

PRINCE GEORGE– 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This prohibition remains in force until the earlier of 12:00 noon PDT on Sunday October 15, 2023 or until the Order is rescinded.

All persons lighting, fuelling, or using any of the open fires listed above within the restricted area are to cease doing so and to extinguish all such fires.

The following activities and use of the following equipment, materials and substances also remain prohibited:

• Fireworks
• Sky Lanterns
• Burn Barrels or Burn Cages of any size or description
• Binary exploding targets
• Air Curtain Burners

This Order applies to the following geographic boundaries as illustrated on the attached map. This Order is specific to all public and private land unless specified otherwise in an enactment.

• the Prince George Forest District
• the Stuart Nechako Forest District
• the Mackenzie Forest District
• the Peace Forest District
• the Fort Nelson Forest District

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.

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

More information on open burning is available on the BC Wildfire Service website.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone or through the BC Wildfire Service mobile app.

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Prince George Fire Centre Information
Ministry of Forests
Phone: 250-561-4629
Report Wildfires: 1 800 663-5555 or *5555

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