Starting this Friday, open burning permits will be available for eligible Lake Country property owners. 

Qualifying property owners that meet the requirements of the local fire protection bylaw are eligible to obtain a permit by applying online or in-person at Lake Country Municipal Hall (10150 Bottom Wood Lake Rd.)  or LCFD Fire Administration (10575 Okanagan Centre Rd. East) from 8:30am Friday, October 1, 2021.

Property owners with an open burning permit are also required to ensure they comply with the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Strategy Provincial Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation. Detailed information is available on the Ministry website.  Questions about the regulation should be directed to Ministry staff.

Anyone eligible to conduct open burning should consider alternatives such as chipping, grinding or if applicable, yard waste disposal at the Glenmore landfill or the RDCO Westside Residential Waste and Recycling Centre off Asquith Road in West Kelowna (fees apply at both locations). The RDCO Air Quality program has more information available on other disposal options.

Before lighting any fire, property owners with a valid permit from their local fire service and meeting all the Provincial Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation must call the toll-free Outdoor Burning Hotline:  1-855-262-2876 (BURN) to determine if open burning is allowed on a particular day.  As well, each morning an online Outdoor Burning indicator is updated at rdco.com/airquality. Both the Venting and Air Quality conditions must be good for burning to take place. 

Under the Regional District Smoke Control Bylaw, nuisance smoke from open burning is not allowed in the City of Kelowna, District of Lake Country, City of West Kelowna and the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West electoral areas or under the bylaws of the District of Peachland.  Yard waste such as leaves, pine needles, grass clippings, weeds and other garden waste are not allowed to be burned.

Violators of local bylaws could receive a fine or be charged with the cost of putting out the fire by their fire service.  Residents may report anyone violating local bylaws and burning on a non-burning day by calling the Regional Fire Dispatch Center at 250-469-8577.  Potential violations of the Provincial regulations should be reported to the BC RAPP line (1-877-952-7277).

Under Regional District and local fire bylaws, permitted open burning must be complete on April 30 although the date may be adjusted depending on the local fire hazard. 

Steve Windsor

Fire Chief – District of Lake Country

250-766-2327