News Southeast Fire Centre lifting ban on Category 3 open fires SHARE ON: Zach Stewart, staff Thursday, Oct. 8th, 2020 (Supplied by Pixabay) Starting 12:00 pm on Friday, Category 3 open burning will once again be allowed throughout the Southeast Fire Centre. The Fire Centre said the ban is being lifted due to the decreased risk of wildfire. “Although recent cooler and wetter weather has reduced the wildfire risk in the region, members of the public are urged to undertake any open burning responsibly to reduce the likelihood of starting a wildfire,” said the Southeast Fire Centre. Some activities that are now allowed in the lifting of Category 3 burns include: Any fire larger than 2m high by 3m wide Three or more concurrently burning piles No larger than 2m high by 3m wide One or more burning windrows Stubble or grass burning over an area greater of 0.2 hectares MORE: Open Fire Regulations (B.C. Government) Even though the Southeast Fire Centre is lifting the ban, local governments may still have guidelines in place. The Southeast Fire Centre recommends people contact local authorities before starting a fire of any size. Anyone that is found going against the open burn policy may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150 and required to pay an administrative penalty up to $100,000. If convicted in court, there could be up to $100,000 in fines and a jail sentence of up to one year. If the flames end up starting a wildfire, the punishment may include paying for all firefighting and associated costs, as well as the value of the damaged resources.