Open Burning Season October 31 - April 30
Applications will be available/accepted starting mid-October.
List of Valid Permits
The Address, Permit Number and Issue Date of all Open Burning Permits issued by RDNO for the BX-Swan Lake and Silver Star Fire Protection Areas will be updated daily on weekdays. Anyone who observes Open Burning taking place at an address within the BX-Swan Lake or Silver Star Fire Protection Areas without a valid Open Burning Permit is urged to contact the RDNO, or the BX-Swan Lake or Silver Star Fire Departments, immediately.
Upon receipt of your valid permit, you may burn on days when the Venting Index is 55 or better (Good). Prior to burning obtain Venting Index Information at:
- Provincial toll-free line: 1-888-281-2992 (press 3 for Thompson-Okanagan)
- On- line: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca (see Official Text Forecasts: OKANAGAN)
- RDNO: 250-550-3700 (Mon.-Fri.8:00 a. m. – 4:30 p.m.) except holidays
RDNO regulates open burning in Electoral Areas “B” and “C” but only within the fire protection areas covered by the BX-Swan Lake and Silver Star Fire Departments.
Bylaw 2514 regulates open burning in order to reduce or eliminate the incidence of uncontrolled fires and the nuisance caused by the emissions of smoke.
The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Wildfire Management Branch also regulates open burning, province wide. RDNO is located in the Kamloops Fire Centre. Open fire restrictions imposed by the Wildfire Management Branch apply to all Electoral Areas of the RDNO including the areas regulated under Bylaw 2514.
For RDNO Electoral Areas outside the areas covered under Bylaw 2514, before open burning, please first register with the Wildfire Management Branch by calling the Burn Registration Line: 1-888-797-1717
RDNO defines 4 classes of Open Burning, each with its own restrictions and permit process. Information accessible from the links below is provided for convenience. Please also refer to Bylaw 2514.
Small Confined Fire – used for the purpose of cooking food and /or to provide heat and light associated with camping or recreation. Such fires cannot exceed 0.5 metres in width, length or height. A permit is not required, however certain restrictions apply. Please refer to the following section for details.
Click here for more information about Small Confined Fires.
Class A Open Burning – applies to open burning of debris piles with a diameter of larger than 3 metres but less than 10 metres resulting from land clearing of vegetation to help prepare the land for non-farming use. Example: forest land prepared for residential use. Inspection and Permit fees apply.
Click here for more information about Class A Open Burning.
Class B Open Burning – applies to open burning of debris piles no greater than 3 metres in diameter and 2 metres in height, not resulting from land cleared of vegetation to help prepare the land for a different use. This class of burning is typical of pruning and thinning of vegetation by land owners as part of a Fire Smart strategy to reduce the threat of wildfire. A permit is required however no fee applies.
Click here for more information about Class B Open Burning.
Special Open Burning - applies to the following:
a) open burning debris from land being cleared or partially cleared of vegetation to help prepare the land for a non-farming use with the use of an “air curtain incinerator” or other forced air assistance device,
b) open burning for “farm practices” as defined in Right to Farm Regulations,
c) open burning for forest pest or disease control,
d) open burning for fire hazard reduction within Interface Areas, or
e) open burning on days other than what is permitted in Section 4 of Bylaw 2514, subject to the review and approval of the inspector.