RDOS open burning update

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The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is reminding residents that open burning season is in effect from October 15, 2021 to April 15, 2022.

Open burning is outlined in Bylaw No. 2898, 2020, a bylaw to regulate open burning within five RDOS Fire Protection Areas of Anarchist Mountain, Kaleden, Naramata, Okanagan Falls and Willowbrook. Residents within these five fire protection areas are required to complete a Burn Authorization application. Please visit the Public Parcel Viewer to confirm which Fire District boundary your property is located in.

There is no fee and no permits will be issued. Your request will be directed to your selected fire department. From that point, you will be dealing directly with your local fire department. Please visit the Permits & Licences tab on the front page of the RDOS website to access the Burn Authorization application or click here.

• Burning authorization holders must confirm burning is allowed on that day by checking the
Air Quality and Venting Index online. Call 250-490-4125.
• Ensure you are only burning permitted materials.
• Ensure you are following safe burning practices including not burning when unsafe to do so (windy or location of burn), the burn has an adequate fuel break, you are monitoring the burn at all times, and the fire is completely out and cold when you are finished.
• Fire Chief may suspend any burning at any time should they deem it unsafe or smoke is creating an issue. Please be mindful of smoke affecting your neighbours.

RDOS Fire Chief Denis Gaudry reminds the public that although open burning and campfires are permitted at this time, they must be safeguarded. If your property is located outside the areas listed above, please check with your local authority.

For further information about open burning within the five RDOS Fire Protection Areas, please contact your local fire chief.


Karla Kozakevich, Chair
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen


Denis Gaudry, Fire Chief
Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department

Erick Thompson

Andrea Rendall


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