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City clarifies burning regulations

POWELL RIVER, B.C. – The City of Powell River and local fire department wants residents to be aware of the area’s burning regulations.

According to a notice on the city’s website, all outdoor burning is prohibited within city limits year-round.

This includes, but is not limited to:

Backyard campfires, beach fires, wood-burning chimineas, fire pits and makeshift wood stoves or other wood burning devices.

The notice states that burning is regulated through the Backyard Burning Bylaw and Fire Prevention Bylaw.

“These bylaws take precedent over provincial fire regulations,” the city notice said.

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Exceptions to this prohibition are:

• Fire pits, bowls or barbeques that are fuelled by propane, gel, charcoal or natural gas are permitted; however, flame height must be kept under 6”.
• Campfires within registered sites at Willingdon Beach Campground. Campsite fires are subject to bans dependent on weather conditions.
• Special Occasion fires for public events are approved by permit only by the Fire Chief in Powell River.
• Backyard burning for the purpose of removal of yard waste is allowed during the months of April and November only. Permits and other restrictions apply.

For more details on burning permits, visit the city’s website.

Disobeying the regulations could result in a $200 fine.

For more details on city bylaws, visit

To report an illegal burn, call 911.

During regular office hours, you may report backyard burning within city limits to the non-emergency phone line at (604) 485-4431. If you are unable to make contact, you may also contact 911.

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