The District of Kent issued a reminder from the provincial government prohibiting most open burning throughout the Coastal Fire Region, including Agassiz-Harrison.
The information bulletin from The B.C. Wildfire Service and Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development has prohibited most open burning activities effective June 23 at noon in the Coastal Fire Region and across the province on Friday, June 25.
Category 2 and 3 fires fall under prohibited open burning. Category 2 fires are open fires other than campfires that burn material in one or two concurrent piles not exceeding 2 metres in height and 3 metres in width or burning stubble or grass over an area not exceeding 0.2 hectares. Category 3 fires are open fires that burn up to three concurrent piles not exceeding 2 metres in height and 3 metres in width, one or more windrows or burning grass or stubble in an area exceeding 0.2 hectares.
This applies to all public and private land except where local bylaw permits.
The prohibition also applies to fireworks, sky lanterns, exploding targets, burn barrels or cages of any size and air curtain burners. It does not apply to campfires that are up to a half-metre high and wide or cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.
B.C. Wildfire Service said they expect dry conditions to persist in the coming weeks with record-breaking temperatures affecting much of the province.
“The BC Wildfire service is encouraging everyone to exercise caution with fire use to help prevent human-caused wildfires,” the authority said on Facebook on June 24. “Human caused wildfires are entirely preventable and unnecessarily increase the workload of crews and other personnel The BC Wildfire Service is fully prepared and confident in its resource capacity to deal with anticipated fire demands; however, it is important we all do our part in limiting additional demands on crucial firefighting resources.”