Please note that community members wishing to do backyard Burning must contact the Lands Office to obtain a Burn Permit. No charge to community members to apply for a burn permit.
Williams Lake First Nation encourages the community to exercise caution when doing any outdoor burning.
To help reduce the number of preventable wildfires, people wanting to light an open fire must watch for changing weather conditions and follow all burning regulations. They should also take the following precautions:
- Ensure that enough resources are on hand to control the fire and prevent it from escaping.
- Do not burn during windy conditions. Weather conditions can change quickly, and the wind may carry embers to other combustible materials and start new fires.
- Create an appropriately sized fireguard around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves, and other combustible material, right down to the mineral soil.
- Consider conducting smaller burns around the perimeter of the main fire site before lighting the main fire. This will create a fuel break and help prevent the fire from spreading beyond its intended size.
- Never leave a fire unattended.
- Ensure the fire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any time.
Anyone conducting an open burn must check local venting conditions before lighting any fire. The venting index can be obtained by calling 1 888 281-2992 and is available online: www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/venting/venting.html
For more information or to obtain a Burn Permit please contact:
Wenona Gordon, Lands Manager
Office: 778-417-0195 or Cell: 250-302-2876