Columbia Valley Pioneer staff

Columbia Valley residents are being reminded that, starting this Friday, May 17, all Category 3 open burning will be prohibited.

The ban throughout the Southeast Fire Centre is in place to prevent wildfires and to protect public safety. 

This prohibition will remain in place until 12 p.m. (noon) PDT on October 28, 2024 or until the order is rescinded. 

Anyone conducting Category 3 open fires must extinguish them by this Friday’s deadline at noon.

A Category 3 means an open fire that burns material concurrently in three or more piles each not exceeding two metres in height and three metres in width; material in one or more piles each exceeding two metres in height or three metres in width; stubble or grass over an area exceeding 0.2 hectares.