Campfire prohibition lifted throughout the Cariboo

August 26, 2021
News Release, Public Notices

Please be advised that effective Friday August 27, 2021 at 12:00 p.m., campfires will again be permitted throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre's jurisdiction.

Although fire danger ratings have declined in the region due to recent rainfall and cooler temperatures, the public is strongly encouraged to exercise extreme caution with the use of any campfire. It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure that burning is done in a safe and responsible manner and in accordance with Quesnel regulations.
Quesnel Backyard Fire bylaw

The BC Wildfire Service reminds the public that Category 2 and 3 open fires (larger than 0.5 meters x 0.5 meters) remain prohibited throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre’s jurisdiction including:

  • sky lanterns
  • binary exploding targets
  • air curtain burners
  • fireworks including firecrackers
  • burning barrels or burning cages of any size

Unsure of your type of fire? View the descriptions of types of fires

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and /or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs, as well as the value of resources damaged or destroyed by the wildfire.

The Cariboo Fire Centre stretches from Loon Lake near Clinton in the south to the Cottonwood River, near Quesnel in the north, and from Tweedsmuir Provincial Park in the west to Wells Gray Provincial Park in the east.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit

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