Cranbrook, BC (April 4, 2017) – Public safety is very important to the City of Cranbrook. That is why the City, along with Fire & Emergency Services is educating residents about restrictions in place around open burning.
“Burning of yard waste and other household materials anytime is not allowed under the current Fire Services Bylaw,” says Wayne Price, Director of Fire & Emergency Services. “The only open air burning allowed is barbeques or small fires using appropriate fire pits, chimneys or approved stoves. The fire department itself is allowed to use open air burning for the elimination of fire hazards or for fire training.”
Anyone having a campfire on their property should ensure that it is at least 10 feet away from any combustible material and buildings.
The open air burning of land clearing debris is allowed, however it can only be completed between November 1 and March 31 and requires a permit from the Director of Fire & Emergency Services.
As the summer wears on, the wildfire risk in and around the City of Cranbrook will increase.
“It is crucial for property owners to take a serious look around for debris, yard waste and the like and remove them,” says Price. “Residents need to take responsibility for fire-proofing their properties, especially those around the perimeter of the City. If you see smoke on your property, it can often be too late to take any preventative measures to protect your property.”
The City and Fire & Emergency Services regularly remind residents about these types of items each year, to provide important information in order to help you protect your family and your property.