Campfire Permits

Due to COVID-19 our office is still closed to the public.

Residents wishing to obtain a Campfire Permit for properties within the District of Peachland is asked to either email Emergency Services Clerk or call the office (250) 767-2841 Monday to Friday 8 am – 4 pm and the permit will be issued via email.

RDCO News Release: September 20, 2021

Campfire ban ends in most Central Okanagan fire areas

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

The ban on campfires within most local government fire jurisdictions in the Central Okanagan has been in place since June 30. Recent showers and cooler, seasonal temperatures have lowered the potential fire threat to moderate.

With appropriate precautions to prevent the spread of a fire, campfires are once again allowed within the Regional District of Central Okanagan fire protection areas (Ellison, Joe Rich, North Westside, Wilson’s Landing), the City of West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation reserves #9 and #10, District of Lake Country and District of Peachland. Anyone having a campfire must ensure the fire is attended at all times, have tools on hand to contain the fire and make sure it is fully extinguished.

All smoking materials should be carefully extinguished and motorists are reminded not to throw cigarettes or other smoking materials from their vehicle. As well, smoking is not allowed in any RDCO regional park or municipal park.

Smoking is also prohibited in children’s play areas, sports fields, undeveloped parks and wilderness trails in the District of Peachland.

Please remember that fireworks are not allowed at any time in 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.

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Campfire Regulations:

District of Peachlands Bylaw No. 1781

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; Once the campfire ban is in place then your permit is recinded until the fall.

d) Only permitted burning materials, including seasoned untreated lumber, shall be used in campfires and firewood must be dry and seasoned; You can only burn Cured (dried) fire wood only. So you can not cut a tree down today and burn it tomorrow it has to have cured (dried) for a min of 1 year.

  • NO Construction Waste
  • NO Treated Lumber
  • NO Pallets
  • NO Pine Needles / NO Pine Cones
  • NO Compostable materials – leaves, plants, cedar hedges etc.
  • NO Cardboard

e) A person responsible for open burning shall ensure that no nuisance smoke 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