photo: contributed

Burning season regulations to change in Central Okanagan

The Regional District of Central Okanagan reminds residents of restrictions

There’s just over a month left in the normal open burning season in the Central Okanagan.

Those with properties greater than one hectare (including agricultural producers) are eligible to burn outdoors, only if they have a permit from their local fire authority and only after confirming that open burning is allowed on a particular day.

Before lighting any wood debris piles, eligible property owners with a valid permit must call the Outdoor Burning Hotline or visit the Regional District of Central Okanagan’s website to confirm whether burning is allowed as both Air Quality and Venting indices must be good.

READ MORE: Central Okanagan on flood watch as snow melts

READ MORE: Regional district seeks $13 million to get rolling on Rail Trail

It’s recommended by the Regional District of Central Okanagan that burn piles not be ignited before 10 a.m. as proper venting conditions usually exist later in the morning and for more efficient burning use smaller piles with good air ventilation. All pruning’s, branches and stumps must be dried for a minimum of two years.

Regional District and local fire bylaws normally allow permitted open burning until April 30 although depending on the fire hazard, local fire chiefs may shorten or lengthen the season.

READ MORE: Trails closed in Kelowna regional park due to landslide

The Regional Air Quality Program encourages everyone to use the alternatives to open burning:

  • · Bi-weekly curbside yard waste collection
  • · Year-round yard waste disposal for nominal fees at the Glenmore landfill and the Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre
  • · Mow-Chip Rent-it Rebate program for those with a small volume of wood debris. Visit www.regionaldistrict.com/airquality for program info and an online application form
  • · Agricultural Wood Waste Chipping Program – an online application form is available for those with a large volume of wood debris

Central Okanagan residents are reminded to check with their local fire jurisdiction regarding regulations and restrictions regarding campfires, chimineas and other outdoor wood fire burning devices. Campfires, fire pits and outdoor burning appliances are not allowed at any time within the City of Kelowna.

The Outdoor Burning Hotline is 1-855-262-2876 or visit www.regionaldistrict.com/airquality

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Peeling away: OK strip clubs disappearing

Hear from Penticton’s only strip club owner about their success in a dying industry

Okanagan’s oldest mayor shows no sign of slowing down

Mayor James Baker has decades of history in his political career

The hunt is on: Lake Country egg hunt kicks off Easter weekend

It’s the biggest Easter egg hunt in Lake Country

Rollover in West Kelowna

An SUV rollover was reported just after 8:30 a.m. on Boucherie Road.… Continue reading

Support for Penticton shooting victim

A GoFundMe has been started for one of the four people killed April 15

Annual Nk’maplqs Challenge Cup returns easter weekend

The goal of the Vernon-based event is to revitalize the game and the tradition of an all-native hockey tournament in the Interior.

B.C. RCMP receive application for Police Cat Services

RCMP announced the launch of the Police Cat Services unit as an April fools joke

Traffic flagger ‘pushed’ by vehicle in Osoyoos on April 18

Aimee Attig is looking for witnesses of the incident that took place on Highway 3 near the AG Foods

Shuswap dancer stays across street from Penticton shooting day after Salmon Arm tragedy

Dancers come for festival, put in lockdown in rec centre, watch police response from Airbnb window

Kirkland Signature veggie burgers recalled due to possible metal fragments

Recalled products came in 1.7 kg packages with a best before date of Apr. 23, 2019

Chaos at the ferry terminal for people heading from Vancouver to the Island

Easter crowds create backlog at Tsawwassen ferry terminal

Vernon-raised BC Was Awesome producer returns home for filming of episode

The topic of this Vernon-featured episode has not yet been revealed.

COLUMN: Bunnies, sexuality and the freedom to read

A book about a gay bunny has been the subject of challenges

Parents of 13 who tortured children get life after hearing victims

One of their daughters fled their home and pleaded for help to a 911 operator

Most Read