The Kelowna Fire Department is reminding residents that wood burning fire pits are not permitted under city bylaws.
“This time of year, we get called out to a lot of backyard wood burning fire pits and campfires and we want to clarify what is permitted under the Fire Protection Regulation Bylaw,” said Kelowna deputy chief Thomas Doherty.
On Feb.28, city council approved some exceptions to previously prohibited open air burning regulations.
These exceptions apply to outdoor fire pits, outdoor fireplaces and barbecues, provided:
• The appliance is CSA/ULC approved;
• The appliance is fuelled by natural gas, propane or briquette only;
• Clearance from combustibles of one metre (minimum) must be maintained from the nearest structure, property line, overhead tree or other combustible material;
• The installation of gas fuelled outdoor appliances must be approved by the Provincial Gas Inspection Branch and installed in accordance to the manufacturers specifications;
• The operator must keep the unit under constant supervision when in use;
• Provide an adequate extinguishing agent, such as a fire extinguisher or garden hose; and
• No person shall burn, or allow to be burned, refuse, waste or wood in a barbecue, outdoor fire pit or outdoor fireplace.
For more detail on open air burning details, visit kelowna.ca/fire.