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As cases of COVID-19 in BC continue to increase, the BC Centre for Disease Control has recommended implementing measures to reduce excess air pollution. There is strong evidence that exposure to air pollution increases susceptibility to respiratory viral infections by decreasing immune function.

This is an advisory to all Clearwater residents that the District of Clearwater has therefore implemented a Ban on All Open Burning within the boundaries of the District of Clearwater, effective Friday, March 27, 2020 until April 15, 2020.

The prohibition does not include campfires, cooking stoves, barbeques, or CSA-rated or ULC-rated portable campfire apparatus using gas, propane, or briquettes, so long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres and used on private property.

Definition of a campfire:

(a) the open fire burns material in one pile no larger than 0.5 m in height and 0.5 m in width;

(b) the open fire is lit, fuelled or used

(i)  by any person for a recreational purpose, or

(ii)  by a first nation for a ceremonial purpose)

We thank you for your understanding and support as we work together to reduce the burden on our health care system during these unprecedented times.