As summer approaches and residents prepare their patios and yards for warmer weather, the City reminds residents to be aware of local smoke control and fire prevention bylaws.
Within the City of Kelowna, outdoor wood burning appliances are not permitted; this includes fire pits, woodstoves, chimineas and other appliances.
“To reduce the risk of fire and avoid nuisance smoke, backyard wood burning is prohibited,” says Kate Bergen, Regional Air Quality Program Coordinator. “Residents are still able to enjoy barbecues or other appliances that use gas, propane or briquette and are CSA/ULC approved.”
The City of Kelowna Fire Prevention Regulation Bylaw No. 6110 regulates open burning and wood burning appliances. Different restrictions are in place for other municipalities in the Central Okanagan. Residents in other areas should speak with their Fire Department to check local restrictions and see if campfires or wood burning appliances are allowed, and if permits are required.
When burning in the Regional District of Central Okanagan is permitted, only clean dry wood is permitted to be burned. All other materials are prohibited.
More information about air quality and outdoor burning regulations is available at kelowna.ca/airquality.