Category 2 and Category 3 fires prohibited beginning May 18 at noon

Update: Campfires prohibited in British Columbia as of noon, June 8. Learn more.

BC Wildfire Service has issued a provincial ban Category 2 and Category 3 open fires effective as of 12 p.m. on Thursday, May 18.

The District of Squamish will follow the lead by placing a ban on all Category 2 and Category 3 open fires as of Thursday, May 18 at noon. All open fires within the District of Squamish will be prohibited until the provincial fire ban is rescinded. 

In addition to these prohibitions, BC Wildfire Service will be restricting the following activities:

A Category 2 fire is defined as:

A Category 3 fire is defined as:

Category 2 and 3 fires are not permitted within the District of Squamish at any time without a permit from the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations. 

What is allowed:

Residential campfires on one's private property are currently allowed within the District of Squamish. Residents wishing to light a campfire at their home must first obtain a permit from the Fire Chief. Permits can be applied for online or in person at Alex Munro Fire Hall 1 located at  37890 Clarke Drive.

Please note the following are strictly prohibited within the District of Squamish boundaries.

General Burning Restrictions and Requirements:

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire, or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone.  

Anyone found in contravention of an open-burning prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150, may be required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $10,000 or, if convicted in court, may be fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs. 

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May 18, 2023

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