Category 2 and 3 fires allowed in the Prince George Fire Centre

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Adam Reaburn
Adam Reaburn
Adam moved to Fort St. John in 2004 and he now owns both Moose FM and

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. 

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