Open burning creates smoke

Smoke from open burning is visible in the Kamloops Fire Centre.

Smoke from open burning is visible in the Kamloops Fire Centre.

More than 1,665 burn registration numbers have been issued in the Kamloops Fire Centre in recent weeks, which means these burning projects may occur until open fire restrictions come into effect again next spring.

“People living near burning operations may see and smell smoke during these periods,” said Kayla Pepper, with the B.C. Wildfire Service.

“However, burning is permitted only on days when the venting index indicates there is good ventilation and the smoke will disperse quickly.”

Anyone conducting open burning must comply with the Ministry of Environment’s Waste Management Act and open burning smoke control regulation.

Anyone wishing to light a category three open fire must first obtain a burn registration number by calling 1-888-797-1717.

“When a member of the public reports smoke, burn registration numbers are used to identify active and compliant burn operations so B.C. Wildfire Service officials can respond appropriately,” said Pepper.