Wet weather starts open burning Oct. 1
Sep 29, 2013 / 10:44 am
For the first time in three years open burning season in the Central Okanagan will actually begin as it normally had on October 1st.
The dry conditions in pat years caused a delay in the start of open burning.
Regional District and local fire bylaws permit open burning to start October 1 and be completed by April 30. Fire chiefs may however change the dates depending on the fire hazard in their area.
Starting this Tuesday, October 1st, people with properties greater than one hectare will be allowed to burn outdoor...only after receiving a permit from their local fire authority AND only after confirming that burning is allowed on a particular day.
Eligible property owners within the Central Okanagan East or the Central Okanagan West electoral areas may obtain a permit by calling the Regional District at 250-469-6223 (Long Distance Collect Calls are accepted) weekdays only between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, excluding holidays.
All other eligible property owners must obtain a permit from their municipal fire department.
Before lighting any fire, eligible property owners with a valid permit must call the toll-free Outdoor Burning Hotline: 1-855-262-2876 (BURN).
That call will tell them if open burning is allowed on that particular day as well as both the Venting and Air Quality conditions which must be good in order for burning to occur within Central Okanagan fire jurisdictions.
This information is also available each day after 7:15 am at regionaldistrict.com/airquality.
Under the Regional District Smoke Control Bylaw, creating nuisance smoke from open burning is not allowed in the City of Kelowna, the District of Lake Country, District of West Kelowna and the Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Areas or under the bylaws of the District of Peachland.
Violators could receive a fine or be charged with the cost of putting out the fire.
Residents are encouraged to report anyone illegally burning on a non-burning day by calling the Regional Fire Dispatch Center at 250-469-8577.
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