Open Fire Tracking System (OFTS)
Anyone lighting a Category 3 fire must first obtain a burn registration number by calling 1 888 797-1717.
These numbers are logged into the Open Fire Tracking System (OFTS) along with details about the registered burn. This system allows the BC Wildfire Service to track regulated burning across B.C., manage firefighting resources, and minimize false reports of wildfires.
The data collected in OFTS allows the BC Wildfire Service to run reports that detail all of the active open fires in a specified area. The Ministry of Environment and local fire departments are also entitled to read-only access of OFTS data. This allows for shared information and improved fire management.
Map of Registered Open Burns
An interactive map exists with details and locations for all active Category 3 burn registrations, as well as any that expired in the last seven days. This map is available to be viewed by the public.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is the burn registration number a permit?
A: No, a registration number is not a permit and does not give someone the authority to burn, however it is a requirement under the Wildfire Regulation when performing a Category 3 burn in B.C.. A permit can be obtained on a local level (local municipality or regional district) if needed, but often only a registration number is required. It is the responsibility of the person conducting the burn to check with any local authorities about a permit and local burning by-laws.
Q: What information do I need to register a burn and obtain a burn registration number?
A: To obtain a registration number call 1 888 797-1717. You will be asked to provide contact information for yourself and/or the company you are burning with. If you are burning on private property you will also be required to give three different legal descriptions for that property (found on Property Assessment or Tax papers), a street address cannot be used as a legal description. If you are burning on Crown land you are required to give at least one legal description and a set of coordinates for the location of the burn.