So-called ‘Special Occasion’ fires are being banned

Effective at 12 pm noon on Tuesday, August 5, and until further notice, all Special Occasion Fires (Bylaw 1772, section 5.0) are banned in the City of Revelstoke.

A statement from the Revelstoke Fire Rescue Service says this fire ban has been implemented by Fire Chief Rob Girard in conjunction with a campfire ban that is being issued by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations’ Southeast Fire Centre.  That ministry ban prohibits camp fires  throughout the Southeast Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. This is in addition to an open burning prohibition implemented on July 2.

The fire-hazard rating for Revelstoke and surrounding area is currently classified as high with further hot and dry weather forecast for the coming weeks.

Bylaw 1772 states that:

“Open air burning within the City limits is permissible without an authorization
for the purpose of Special Occasion fires only.
These are fires contained in fire pits intended for cooking and social gatherings. Pit size is generally less than 60 cm x 60 cm (2’ x 2’) in diameter and fuel consists of seasoned and dry cordwood. Pit location must be such that risk of ignition to adjacent exposures does not exist.
As the name implies, these burns are only for “Special Occasions” such as incidental friend and family gatherings and are not intended for repeated burning whenever desired by the home owner or resident.
Special Occasion fires may be conducted throughout the calendar year subject to this Bylaw. Abusing this form of burning or use for any other reason will result in municipal fines.”

Burning without authorization carries a maximum fine of $1,000. It’s also useful to note, for the people who set off fireworks in town, that you can be fined $1,000 for selling, giving or igniting fireworks.

Please click here to read the entire bylaw.

To report a violation of the Special Occasion Fire Ban, please call Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services at 250-837-2884. To report a fire emergency, please call 911.

For more information, please contact Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services at 250-837-2884.