Wildfire Legislation and Regulations

The Wildfire Act and Wildfire Regulation define the legal responsibilities and obligations to which everyone in British Columbia is subject. When the BC Wildfire Service places bans or restrictions in an area, the Wildfire Act and Regulation makes them enforceable.

As such everyone in B.C. is expected to understand and abide by the Wildfire Act and Regulation. This legislation came into effect on March 31, 2005. Its key goal is to specify responsibilities and obligations on:

  • Fire use
  • Wildfire prevention
  • Wildfire control
  • Rehabilitation

On April 1, 2016, increased fines for a variety of wildfire-related violation tickets came into force. A summary of these fines is available here.

The Act and Regulation can be read online by following the links provided below.


Read the Wildfire Act and Regulation here:

Read other B.C. legislation here: