The RDNO's Open Burning Season is from October 31 to April 30
If you live in a rural area, you may decide to use fire as a tool to clear land, get rid of vegetative debris, or enjoy a recreational campfire. Before you light a fire, be aware that open burning in Electoral Area' 'B' & 'C' is regulated by the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) bylaw 2514. All Electoral Areas in the North Okanagan are regulated by the Province of BC through the Kamloops Fire Centre. You are encouraged to check with the provincial authorities to ensure there are no restrictions in place.
Depending on the type of fire, you may require a permit (scroll further to see 'Open Burning Types'). There are two ways to apply for a burning permit. You can apply online for a Class B permit through our website, or download a PDF, complete the form, and send it to the RDNO for review. You must apply for a permit each season.
Online: Online Class 'B' Open Burning Permit Application
Downloadable PDF: Class 'A' Open Burning Permit Application
Open Burning Types
RDNO defines four (4) types of open burning, each with its own restrictions and permit requirements.
Avoid fines (up to $2,000) by following the rules before lighting up!
- Read and follow the RDNO's Open Burning Regulations
- Check on Current Provincial Fire Bans and Restrictions
- Guidelines on Outdoor Burning from the Government of British Columbia
One of the most common bylaw infractions that we see is burning on days when the venting index is lower than the required "GOOD" rating. Permit holders must ensure that the venting index is "GOOD" before igniting materials.
When you can burn is regulated through BC's Venting Index. The index measures how well the current weather conditions disperse smoke and pollutants. A good venting index (55 or greater) ensures smoke rises straight up before dispersing. Burning only when the venting index is 'good' safeguards against poor air quality for you, your community, and your neighbours.
The North Okanagan is positioned within either a medium or high smoke sensitivity zone, and is within the "Okanagan" Venting Index Zone.
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