News

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.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

UBC women still rolling along with rookie Schaupmeyer working hard for the vets
 
Kelowna skaters strong in Kamloops
 
Big White Racers win U14 zone ski titles
Lee paces Heat to national bronze
 
Heat sweeps Douglas
 
ELECTION 2014: West Kelowna mayoral candidate wants to increase voter turnout
Meet the mayoral candidates: 2014 battle a rematch of 2011 election
 
De Groot family outraged: Sister of dead Slocan suspect says police overreacted
 
Andrew Zwicker

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 24 edition online now. Browse the archives.