RDOS open burning season postponed

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Open burning season is postponed until Tuesday, November 15, 2022, within the five Regional District Fire Protection Areas of Anarchist Mountain, Kaleden, Naramata, Okanagan Falls, and Willowbrook. 

Due to the high fire danger rating and current provincial restrictions on open burning, the start of open burning season is delayed. Open burning is outlined in Bylaw No. 2898, 2020, a bylaw to regulate open burning within the five Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) Fire Protection Areas. Apex and the Village of Keremeos are not part of the open burning bylaw.

If conditions change drastically and the province removes burning restrictions, the open burning postponement will be reviewed. As per Bylaw No. 2898, 2020, Part III – Burning Season, the “Fire Chief may extend or reduce burning season should conditions allow or require.” 

Residents within the five RDOS fire protection areas are required to complete a Burn Authorization application when open burning is permitted. There is no fee and no permits will be issued. Your request will be directed to your selected fire department. From that point, you will be dealing directly with your local fire department. Please visit the Permits & Licences tab on the front page of the RDOS website to access the Burn Authorization application or click here

Please visit the Public Parcel Viewer to confirm which Fire District boundary your property is located in. If your property is located outside the areas listed above, please check with your local authority.  

For further information about open burning within the five RDOS Fire Protection Areas, please contact your local Fire Chief. 


Mark Pendergraft, Chair
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen 

Tony Iannella, Fire Chief
Willowbrook Volunteer Fire Department

Erick Thompson

Sara Foss


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