Open Burning Advisory

​Open Burning of land clearing debris and other materials is prohibited unless a permit or approval under Air Quality Management Bylaw 1082, 2008 is obtained. Also, open burning must be conducted in accordance with local municipal bylaws and only on days with favourable atmospheric conditions. To determine whether atmospheric conditions are favourable on the day of your planned burn, call our open burning advisory. This advisory is based on the British Columbia Ministry of Environment Venting Index.

Remember - if you plan to burn and have the necessary permits to burn, check in with the advisory daily.

Call 604-436-6777 after 8:30am to hear our advisory for today.

The ventilation index tells you how quickly and effectively the smoke will flush out of an area. The index is based on the wind speed and the thickness of the so-called “mixing layer” of the atmosphere.

Good ventilation index:

- dust is carried off and the column is hard to see,
- smoke rises quickly and/ or disperses rapidly.

good ventilation index info graph 

Poor ventilation index:

- stirred dust tends to hang around and linger,
- smoke from chimneys or small fires tends to linger near the source or form a shallow trail that extends downwind.

poor ventilation index info graph