Agricultural burning

Outdoor agricultural burning is carried out to dispose of vegetative debris, clear the land for planting, and control pests, disease and weeds. These activities cause smoky conditions and elevated levels of particulate matter.

If possible find alternatives to open burning. If outdoor agriculture burning is essential on your property ensure that it is completed in a way to minimize the environmental impact and the impacts on neighbours. 

Alternatives to open burning

Farmers may want to consider other alternatives to open burning:

  • Reducing the size of the materials (such as by chipping) to allow it to be used as mulch or used as a compost material
  • Recycling as much material as possible before burning

Things to check before open burning

Before carrying out any burning operation, check:

  • To see if burning is allowed in your area
  • For any restrictions imposed by local government bylaws
  • For pollution concerns
  • For fire safety concerns

Best practices for open burning

Open burning to dispose of contaminated material, carcasses, and manure is prohibited in B.C. Burning this material can cause release of potentially harmful contaminants to your health and the health of others.