“OPEN BURNING PROHIBITION NOW IN EFFECT”
As per Section 29(3) of the District of Lillooet Fire Department Establishment and Fire Prevention Bylaw 2018 No. 461 the District of Lillooet is prohibiting open burning as of April 16th, 2020 until further notice. This is in support of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development BC Wildfire Service’s Information Bulletin dated April 7, 2020. This action is to reduce the likelihood of human caused wildfires.
The following activities are prohibited, and these restrictions will remain in effect until the public is otherwise notified:
• Category 2 open fires;
• Category 3 open fires;
• Resource Management open fires;
• the use of fireworks;
• the use of sky lanterns; and
• the use of burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description (except when used for a campfire).
This closure does not include campfires.
These open burning prohibitions will reduce demands on firefighting resources and help protect the health and safety of the public, as well as First Responders and BC Wildfire Service staff. They will also help reduce the impact of wildfire smoke on air quality and public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be subject to fines and penalties.
For you convenience here is a link to the Bylaw: https://lillooet.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/37349?preview=46454
An additional poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online: www.gov.bc.ca/openfireregs
Darren Oike, Fire Chief & Protective Services Officer