Southeast Fire Centre bans and restrictions

Last updated on July 12, 2024


View all bans and restrictions for the Southeast Fire Centre, located in Castlegar and extending from the U.S. border to Mica Dam and from the Okanagan Highlands/west side of the Monashee Mountains to the B.C./Alberta border. 

Map of B.C. with the Southeast Fire Centre highlighted.

Current Southeast fire prohibitions 

Category 1 campfires, Category 2 and Category 3 open burning, as defined in the Wildfire Regulation, are prohibited across the entire Southeast Fire Centre.

In addition, the Prohibition Area restricts the following (as per the Wildfire Act, Section 12):

  • Fireworks
  • Sky lanterns
  • Air curtain burners
  • Binary exploding targets
  • Burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description
  • Chimineas
  • Tiki and similar kinds of torches

This prohibition does not apply to:

  • Outdoor stoves that, as per the Wildfire Regulation, are CSA-rated or ULC-rated devices used for cooking, heat or ambiance that burns charcoal briquettes, liquid fuel or gaseous fuel and has a flame height that is less than 15 cm tall. The use of a campfire apparatus that does not meet these specifications is prohibited.

Current Southeast area restrictions 

There are no area restrictions currently in effect.

Map of affected areas

Open fire prohibitions throughout the Southeast Fire Centre (PDF, 786KB)

Information bulletins

Campfire prohibition coming to Southeast Fire Centre Effective at 12 p.m. on Friday, July 12, 2024 until further notice.

Category 2 open burning to be prohibited in the Southeast Fire Centre Effective at 12 p.m. on Friday, July 5, 2024 until further notice.

Category 3 fire prohibitions to start in Southeast Fire Centre Effective at 12 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2024 until further notice.

Stay informed

Contact an Information Officer
Southeast Fire Centre