Opening burning season ends April 30th

Property owners with valid permits have until sunset Sunday, April 30th to wrap up any open burning in the Central Okanagan.

The Regional District reminds property owners that venting and air quality must be good before any burning can take place - creating nuisance smoke is not allowed, and violators can receive a fine or be charged with the cost of putting out the fire.  

The RDCO says most of the burning permits issued in the Central Okanagan are for agricultural burning, which is allowed under provincial legislation.

However, before starting any fire farmers must also call 1-855-262-2876 (BURN) or visit regionaldistrict.com/airquality to ensure burning is allowed. 

The Regional Air Quality Program is working with farmers to encourage the use of the Agricultural Chipping Program as an alternate disposal method. 

There are several programs available to dispose of yard waste for residents including bi-weekly curbside collection and a free yard waste program at Glenmore landfill. 

The RDCO says there are also a number of private companies that offer wood chipping services and some may also pick up yard waste for disposal.