Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation
The Province's new Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation (OBSCR) came into effect on September 15th, 2019. The OBSCR governs the burning of vegetative material associated with a range of activities, such as land clearing, forestry operations and agriculture.
Open burning across the province emits the most PM 2.5 relative to other sources and needs to be managed. The new regulations were developed with an emphasis on human health. These regulations set minimum requirements across the province and local government bylaws can be more restrictive.
A number of the regulations apply to outdoor burning, such as:
- setbacks from property lines
- length and time period of burning
- number of burns per year
- ventilation forecasting
With the Province now split into Low, Medium and High Smoke Sensitivity Zones, the majority of the Alberni Valley is located within the High Zone and is subject to stricter burning regulations.
Enforcement is by the Conservation Officer Service and any violation can be reported to the Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) line 1-877-952-7277.