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District of Clearwater to lift open burning prohibition


Clearwater, BC — The Clearwater Fire Department will follow the direction of the Kamloops Fire Centre, lifting the prohibition on Category 2 and 3 open fires, as well as other equipment and activities, within the District of Clearwater effective 12 p.m. (noon) on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022.

Once the ban is lifted, the following activities and equipment use will be permitted:

  • Fireworks
  • Sky lanterns
  • Burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description, except when used for a campfire as defined by Bylaw No. 223, 2021 and the Wildfire Regulation

Anyone lighting a Category 2 or 3 open fire must obtain a permit from the District of Clearwater Fire Chief. Those who obtain a permit are reminded that permits can be revoked, refused or cancelled and any fire extinguished by the Fire Chief if they believe there may be a hazard to life or property, or the fire may create a nuisance. Anyone lighting a Category 3 open fire must first obtain a burn registration number by calling 1 888 797-1717. More information about burning permits can be found in the Fire Department Bylaw.

To request a permit, fill out the form found on the District of Clearwater website and submit to the office or email to msmith@docbc.ca or call (250)-674-1278.

Those conducting any open fire should use caution and be aware of local conditions that might impact their ability to burn safely and control their open fires. Anyone who lights an open fire must also comply with B.C.’s air quality control legislation. Venting Index Interactive Map


For more information contact:
Mike Smith, Fire Chief
Clearwater Fire Department
(250) 674-1278