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Burning Regulations

BURNING PERMITS

Residents can obtain an “Open Burning” or "Campfire" Permit for property's within the District of Peachland during regular office hours from Peachland Fire Hall located at 4401 - 3rd St., Monday to Friday 8 am – 4 pm. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Fire Department at (250) 767-2841 or email: pfrs@peachland.ca.

Campfire Regulations:

1. No person shall cause or permit smoke from a Campfire in accordance with the following regulations:

a) All campfire burning shall be conducted and concluded between 7:00 a.m. (0700hrs) and 11:30 p.m. (2330 hrs) of the same day;

b) All fires shall be continuously controlled and supervised by a competent person properly equipped with sufficient fire extinguishing equipment and materials;

c) All fires are subject to local fire restrictions and are subject to cancellation at any time by any authority having jurisdiction;

d) Only permitted burning materials, including seasoned untreated lumber, shall be used in campfires and firewood must be dry and seasoned;

e) A person responsible for open burning shall ensure that no nuisance is caused and shall be responsible for all cost and expenses resulting from extinguishments of the fire(s).

Safe Fire Distances (see diagram below)

Fire pit = 0.5 metres (50 centimetres) maximum

Around fire pit (circumference) = 1 metre (100 centimetres) of mineral soil

Clear space around circumference = 4 metres from structures, tall grasses, shrubs and trees

Campfire Size

Effective Tuesday September 1st, 2015 the Campfire Ban within the

District of Peachland has now been RESCINDED

News Release from the Regional District of the Central Okanagan

Campfire Ban Ends in Central Okanagan Regional District

Effective tomorrow, the ban on campfires will be lifted in most Central Okanagan areas. Campfires are not permitted at any time within the City of Kelowna.

The lifting of the campfire ban starting September 1st follows similar action effective today by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations across the Kamloops Fire Centre area within BC Parks, Crown and private lands. The ban on campfires has been in place since July 3rd. Improved weather conditions, recent precipitation and cooler temperatures have combined to reduce the potential fire threat.

Starting tomorrow, campfires will again allowed within the Regional District of Central Okanagan fire protection areas, City of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country, and District of Peachland with appropriate precautions to prevent a spread of the fire.

Open burning has not been allowed within any jurisdiction of the Regional District and member municipalities since April 30th.

Residents are reminded that local bylaws prohibit the use of any fireworks at any time throughout most areas of the Central Okanagan. Use of fireworks in the District of Lake Country and City of West Kelowna must be approved in writing by the Fire Chief.

Violators could receive a fine and be charged the cost of the fire department response to a burning complaint. Residents are encouraged to report anyone who is illegally burning by calling the Regional Fire Dispatch Centre at 250-469-8577.

Residents are reminded that anytime you see smoke, call 9-1-1 and report it.

-30- Contact: Bruce Smith Communications Officer 250-469-6339

OPEN BURNING

Open Burning

Effective Thursday April 30th, 2015 Open burning season is now CLOSED in the District of Peachland.

Open Burning Season Over - News Release

Open Burning is only permitted on residential property that is 1 hectare (2 ˝ or more acres) or more in size during the burning season (generally October 15th – April 15th ) and is regulated under the Fire & Life Safety Smoke Control Bylaw 1718

Before lighting any fire, eligible property owners with a valid permit MUST call the Toll-Free Outdoor Burning Hotline 1-855-262-2876 (BURN). Both the Venting and Air quality conditions must be good in order for burning to occur within Central Okanagan fire jurisdictions. This information is also available on the Regional Districts website each day after 7:15 am.

Regional District of the Central Okanagan website links:

Fire Prevention

Outdoor Burning Options Brochure

REGIONAL DISTRICT FIRE PROTECTION

If you live within an incorporated area within the Regional District, then most likely fire protection is provided to you through your local municipal fire department. However, if you live outside of a municipal boundary then you either receive fire protection from one of the four regional volunteer departments or not at all. The exceptions being June Springs, Brent Road and the south end of Lakeshore Road where at the request of residents from these previously unprotected regional neighborhoods, the bordering municipalities have agreed to provide fire protection.

For more information please click here: RDCO Fire Protection Information

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