The District of Sparwood Prohibits Category 3 Fires

Effective at noon Mountain time on Thursday, June 14, 2019, Category 3 open fires will be prohibited throughout the District of Sparwood and will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.

This prohibition is being implemented to help prevent wildfires caused by Category 3 burning and to protect public safety.

Specifically, prohibited activities that would constitute a Category 3 fire include:

  • any fire larger than two metres high by three metres wide;
  • three or more concurrently burning piles no larger than two metres high by three metres wide;
  • burning of one or more windrows; and
  • burning of stubble or grass over an area greater than 0.2 hectares

This prohibition does not ban campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller or approved fire pits and does not apply cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.

This prohibition also does not ban Category 2 fires, which include one or two concurrently burning piles up to two metres high by three metres wide each, or the burning of stubble or grass over an area less than 0.2 hectares.

A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online: http://ow.ly/znny309kJv5

For more information contact:

Dean Spry
Fire Chief

Sparwood Fire Services
Sparwood, BC
250.425.0558