Campfire Permits

Campfire Ban

RDCO News Release: September 10, 2021

Campfire ban continues across the Central Okanagan

A ban on campfires continues across the Central Okanagan. This even though as of noon today (Sept. 10th/2021) they are allowed outside of fire protection areas within the Kamloops Fire Centre.

Central Okanagan fire chiefs agree that the continued high fire danger rating and ongoing dry conditions mean the campfire ban will continue. Until there is a significant reduction in the danger rating and in light of recent wildfires affecting the Central Okanagan, itís prudent to keep the campfire prohibition in place. Campfires have not been allowed in the region since June 30.

The campfire ban affects all local government fire jurisdictions in the Regional District of Central Okanagan including the City of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland, Westbank First Nation and the Ellison, Joe Rich, North Westside and Wilsonís Landing service areas in the Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Areas. Campfires are not permitted at any time within the City of Kelowna.

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.

Fire departments throughout the Central Okanagan remind residents and visitors that all smoking materials should be fully extinguished and motorists are reminded to use ashtrays and not throw cigarettes or other smoking materials from their vehicle.

Please remember that smoking is not allowed in any local parks in Central Okanagan. Smoking is also prohibited in childrenís play areas, sports fields, undeveloped parks and wilderness trails in the District of Peachland.

In addition, to prevent accidental fires and injuries, all fireworks are banned within the Central Okanagan, unless specifically permitted by a local fire department. As well, all open burning has been prohibited within the Central Okanagan since April 30.

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RDCO News Release: June 28, 2021

Campfire ban across the Central Okanagan

Effective 12 p.m. this Wednesday, June 30, all campfires are prohibited throughout all Central Okanagan municipalities and electoral area Fire Service Areas.

Due to extreme temperatures, dry conditions and the high-extreme fire danger rating, the campfire ban will remain in effect until further notice.

The campfire ban affects all local government fire jurisdictions in the Regional District of Central Okanagan including the City of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland, Westbank First Nation and the Ellison, Joe Rich, North Westside and Wilsonís Landing service areas in the Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Areas. Campfires are not permitted at any time within the City of Kelowna.

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.

Fire departments throughout the Central Okanagan remind residents and visitors that all smoking materials should be fully extinguished and motorists are reminded to use ashtrays and not throw cigarettes or other smoking materials from their vehicle.

Please remember that smoking is not allowed in any local parks in Central Okanagan. Smoking is also prohibited in childrenís play areas, sports fields, undeveloped parks and wilderness trails in the District of Peachland.

As well, all open burning has been prohibited within the Central Okanagan since April 30.

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 are asked to either email Emergency Services Clerk or call the office Monday to Friday 8 am Ė 4 pm and the permit will be issued via email.

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 Ė 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