The risk of wildfire has led to tougher burning regulations in the North Okanagan.

The risk of wildfire has led to tougher burning regulations in the North Okanagan.

Ban stalls burning

High risk of fires means a later start for those eligible to conduct open burning in Lake Country and the North Westside Road

  • Sep. 30, 2012 8:00 a.m.

The high risk of fires means a later start for those eligible to conduct open burning in Lake Country and the North Westside Road area.

Central Okanagan fire chiefs have decided to begin issuing permits for open burning effective Nov. 1 for those property owners that qualify to burn yard waste outdoors.

“Under regional district and local fire bylaws, permitted open burning may start Oct. 1 and must be complete by April 30,” said Bruce Smith, with the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

“Fire chiefs may however change the date depending on the fire hazard in their area.”

Starting Nov. 1, those people with properties greater than one hectare will be allowed to burn outdoors, but only after receiving a permit from their local fire authority and only after calling the outdoor burning hotline to confirm that burning is allowed on a particular day.  Farmers and large lot owners must also follow any regulations before lighting any fire.

Eligible property owners along North Westside Road may obtain a permit by calling 250-469-6223. All other eligible property owners must obtain a permit from their municipal fire department.

Before lighting any fire, eligible property owners with a valid permit must call the toll-free outdoor burning hotline (1-855-262-2876).

It will tell them if open burning is allowed on a particular day. Both the venting and air quality must be good in order for burning to occur within fire jurisdictions.