PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Category 2 and 3 open fires are now allowed in the Prince George Fire Centre.
Since mid-April, these activities have been prohibited provincewide to reduce demands on firefighting resources and to protect the health and safety of the public during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Since the beginning of June, much of the province received significant precipitation, decreasing the risk that fires could escape and require the B.C. Wildfire Service to respond.
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Before lighting any fire, it is advised to check with your local governments to see if any local burning restrictions are in place.
Category 2 fires include:
- one or two concurrently burning piles no larger than two metres high by three metres wide
- stubble or grass burning over an area of less than 0.2 hectares in size
- the use of fireworks, including firecrackers
- burn barrels and burn cages
- sky lanterns
- exploding binary targets
Category 3 fires include:
- any fire larger than two metres high by three metres wide
- three or more concurrently burning piles each no larger than two metres high by three metres wide
- the burning of stubble or grass over an area greater than 0.2 hectares
- the burning of one or more windrows
Anyone wishing to light a Category 3 open fire must obtain a burn registration number ahead of time by calling 1-888-797-1717. A burn registration number is not required to light a Category 2 open fire.