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Open burning season wrapping up in South Okanagan-Similkameen

Campfires still may be restricted by a fire chief at any time, after April 15
Open burning season closes in the RDOS at midnight on April 15. (Black Press File)

Open burning season in the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) will close on April 15.

Burning of permitted materials within the five RDOS fire-protection areas of Anarchist, Kaleden, Naramata, Okanagan Falls and Willowbrook will no longer be allowed after midnight on Monday.

Campfires are permitted after April 15, the RDOS said.

“A campfire is an open fire that burns wood in one pile not exceeding 0.5 metres in height and 0.5 metres in width, and specifically for heating or warmth, cooking, or Indigenous ceremonial purpose,” reads a press release.

“Campfires may be restricted by the fire chief at any time, and the fire district will abide by a provincial fire ban in the vicinity of the fire district.”

Open burning is prohibited from April 15 to October 15 each year.

Depending on conditions, the burning season may end earlier at the discretion of the local fire chiefs, according to the RDOS.

Open burns before April 15, still require permits and licenses. People can access the burn authorization page here.

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