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Burning Regulations

Effective Friday July 3rd all Campfires within the District of Peachland

are now BANNED until Further Notice

Ban

For Immediate Release From Regional District of Central Okanagan June 30, 2015

Campfire Ban in Central Okanagan Regional District

Starting this Friday July 3rd, all campfires will be prohibited throughout all Central Okanagan municipalities. That’s the earliest in recent memory and a week and a half earlier than last year (July 14th).

The ban takes effect at noon Friday, July 3rd and coincides with the similar action announced 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 will remain in effect until further notice.

As a result of extremely dry conditions and an extended period of hot, dry weather, local fire chiefs have decided to implement the total ban on campfires within all local government jurisdictions of the Regional District of Central Okanagan, City of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland and the Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Areas. Campfires are not permitted at any time within the City of Kelowna.

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

As well, 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

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

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

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.

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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