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Heat Warning & Fireworks Ban

July 27th 2022

Notification for the RDEK...

Things will continue to be hot and dry through this weekend. 

Heat Warning Issued:
As the heat wave continues, Environment Canada has issued a Heat Warning for the East Kootenay (with the exception of the Elk Valley)

Wildfire Activity
The BC Wildfire Service is always your best source of information on fire activity - and you can check the status of fires on their Interactive Map on

Fireworks, Outdoor Burning Prohibited
A fireworks ban is currently in effect across the East Kootenay and the setting-off of fireworks is PROHIBITED. Fireworks will remain prohibited as long as the Category 2 Open Burning Restrictions are in place in the Southeast Fire Centre.
The BC Wildfire Service has implemented both a Category 2 and a Category 3 Open Burning ban, which prohibits:
  • Burning piles of any size or burning stubble or grass;
  • Fireworks;
  • Burn Barrels or Burn Cages of any size or description;
  • Sky Lanterns;
  • Exploding binary targets; and,
  • Air curtain burners.
You can check the current restrictions HERE. A more detailed breakdown of the Category 2 and Category 3 classifications is also available on the BC Wildfire website.

Campfires (with a maximum size of 0.5m x 0.5m) for the purposes of cooking and heating ARE allowed at this time.

To report illegal burning or fireworks, call the RAPP Line at 1-877-952-7277. Please do not call your local fire department to report people setting off fireworks, as this is regulated by the Province and should be reported to the RAPP line.

To report a wildfire, call 1-800-663-5555, *5555 on a mobile phone, or use the BC Wildfire app.