Changes to open burning regulations due to decreased fire risk

Open burning prohibitions around the Southeast Fire Centre are being amended starting at noon today, due to a decreased wildfire risk.

Category 2 open burning will be allowed throughout their jurisdiction, which allows one or two concurrently burning piles, no larger than two metres by 3 metres high, and the burning of stubble or grass over an area less than point 2 hectares..the use of fireworks, burning barrels, burn cages, sky lanterns and exploding binary targets will also be allowed.

Category 3 open burning will also be allowed throughout the Arrow, Kootenay Lake and Columbia fire zones, although a prohibition will remain in effect for the Boundary, Invermere, and Cranbrook fire zones.

Meanwhile there are rules to follow when it comes to open burning, check www.bcwildfire.ca for details.