Open Air Burning Ban in Effect for RDOS and Village of Keremeos

Effective Sunday, April 15, 2018, an Open Air Burning Ban is in effect, which includes backyard and multiple pile burning for those lands which are contained within the RDOS Fire Protection Areas, as well as the Village of Keremeos municipal boundaries.


The Open Air Burning Ban prohibits Category 2 and Category 3 open fires – which are fires larger than 0.5 metres in height and width.  A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online at  The Open Air Burning Ban will be in place until October 15, 2018, unless otherwise specified.


Residents living within Area ‘B’ (Cawston) and Area ‘G’ (Rural Keremeos) of the RDOS are currently permitted to maintain Category 2 fires, but only on days with a good ventilation index.  Please call the Ministry of Environment at 1-888-281-2992 for further information.


Category 3 fires are also currently permitted within Areas ‘B’ and ‘G’, but must be assigned a registration number through the Ministry of Forests prior to burning.  Please call the Ministry of Forests at 1-888-797-1717 for further information.


We would like to remind residents that our region can be subject to a high risk of forest fires, particularly during low levels of precipitation and dry conditions. You can prepare your own property to reduce the hazards of wildfire by following the simple preventative steps in the BC Homeowners Fire Smart Manual.


Agriculturists and vineyards removing whole trees or vines can contact the RDOS for assistance with onsite chipping. The RDOS will subsidize the work for agricultural materials. Orchardists and grape growers can contact RDOS Solid Waste at 250-490-4129 for information. 


Questions regarding local fire bans can be directed to or the Regional District office at 250-492-0237 or toll free 1-877-610-3737. Information is available at

Sunday, April 15, 2018 (All day) to Monday, October 15, 2018 (All day)