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Open burning delayed in Central Okanagan

The continued dry conditions and high risk of fires means a later start for those eligible to conduct open burning.

Central Okanagan fire chiefs have decided to begin issuing permits for open burning effective Nov. 1 for those property owners who qualify to burn yard waste outdoors.

Under Regional District and local fire bylaws, permitted open burning may start Oct. 1 and must be complete by April 30. Fire chiefs may however change the date depending on the fire hazard in their area.

Starting Nov. 1, those people with properties greater than one hectare will be allowed to burn outdoors, but only after receiving a permit from their local fire authority. They must also call the outdoor burning hotline (1-855-262-2876) to confirm that burning is allowed on a particular day.

Farmers and large lot owners must also follow any regulations before lighting any fire.

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 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., excluding holidays.

All other eligible property owners must obtain a permit from their municipal fire department.

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 Fire Department Dispatch Centre at 250-469-8577.

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