Regions set fall burning period schedule

With the mercury dropping, and bringing down the risk for wildfires, fall burning is set to open Oct. 15.

  • Sep. 30, 2011 5:00 p.m.

With the mercury dropping, and bringing down the risk for wildfires, fall burning is set to open Oct. 15.

Subject to the Ministry of Forests lifting its open burning ban, the fall burning period shall run from Oct. 15 to Oct. 29 in Coldstream for owners of properties larger than two hectares.

In Lake Country, the burning period extends until April 30 for properties larger than one hectare.

Farmers and large lot owners must obtain a burning permit prior to igniting outdoor yard waste piles.

Those in Lake Country must also call a new toll-free Outdoor Burning Hotline: 1-855-262-2876 (BURN). It will tell them if open burning is allowed on a particular day as both the venting and air quality must be good in order for burning to occur within Central Okanagan fire jurisdictions.

Burning within the Regional District of North Okanagan is only permitted between Nov. 1-15.

Open burning bans in the Salmon Arm fire zone are lifted, effective noon Saturday, due to a decreased risk of wildfires.

Those burning are reminded to not do so under windy conditions, have adequate people, water and hand tools available to prevent the fire from escaping and to never leave a fire unattended.

The onus is on each individual to ensure safe, responsible burning, as outlined by the Wildfire Act and regulations. Those found to have been responsible for an escaped fire may be liable for fire suppression costs and damages.