UPDATE: Open burning now permitted due to snow

Burn Authorization Application & Process


Burn Authorization applications are required for the following fire protection areas: Kaleden, Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Anarchist, and Willowbrook. Residents within these five fire protection areas are required to complete a Burn Authorization application. There is no fee and no permits will be issued. Your request will be directed to your selected fire department. From that point, you will be dealing directly with your local fire department.

CLICK HERE to access the Burn Authorization application

CLICK HERE to access the Public Parcel Viewer (select FireDistrictBoundary in the Layer List)

Locations outside the Fire District Boundary are under the jurisdiction of the Province of B.C.

The RDOS is reminding residents to review burning regulations before completing the Burn Authorization application. It’s important for property owners to consider their neighbours and the environment before burning. You may want to look at other options such as chipping or taking material to the landfill.

If your property is outside one of these fire protection service areas, please contact your Municipality or the Ministry of Forests at 1-888-797-1717 to obtain an open air burning permit. Report illegal burning to your local fire authority or R.A.P.P. (Report All Poachers & Polluters) 1-877-952-7277.

Burning authorization holders must confirm burning is allowed on that day by checking the Air Quality and Venting Index. Call 250-490-4125.

CLICK HERE to view today’s Venting Index

The Okanagan Valley and Similkameen Valley often experience weather systems called inversions. An inversion makes the airshed susceptible to the build up of air contaminants that impact human health, visibility, and the environment.

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Bylaw No. 2898, 2020
A bylaw to regulate open burning within the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Fire Protection Areas. 

CLICK HERE to view the bylaw


Open Fire Ban Extended

Kamloops Fire Centre to extend open burning prohibition

The BC Wildfire Service will be extending the Category 2 and 3 open fire prohibition throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre’s jurisdiction that was set to expire on Oct. 15, 2022. This prohibition is being extended to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety due to continued unseasonably warm and dry conditions.

This prohibition will remain in effect until 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, or until rescinded. Note that this date may be extended at the discretion of the Fire Chief in a specific fire protection district, as per RDOS Bylaw No. 2898, 2020, Part III-Burning Season. The need for open burning prohibitions is continually assessed based on current and forecasted conditions and resource availability.

As an added precaution, note that open burning season is postponed until Tuesday, November 15, 2022, within the five Regional District Fire Protection Areas of Anarchist Mountain, Kaleden, Naramata, Okanagan Falls, and Willowbrook. 

The following equipment and activities remain prohibited throughout Kamloops Fire Centre:

  • Category 2 open fire as defined in the Wildfire Regulation
  • Category 3 open fire as defined in the Wildfire Regulation
  • Fireworks
  • Sky Lanterns
  • Burn Barrels or Burn Cages of any size or description, except when used for a campfire as defined by the Wildfire Regulation, and
  • Binary Exploding Targets

A map of the affected area is available online at: http://ow.ly/niza50L8CGb

These prohibitions apply to all public and private land within the Kamloops Fire Centre jurisdiction, unless specified otherwise in an enactment (e.g. in a local government bylaw).

This prohibition does not ban campfires that are a half-metre high by a high-metre wide or smaller and does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane, or briquettes. While the Kamloops Fire Centre is seeing shorter days and increased overnight recoveries and relative humidity, the public is encouraged to exercise caution with any campfire use or activity that could potentially spark a wildfire. It is the individual’s responsibility to ensure that burning is done in a safe and responsible manner.

Before lighting a campfire, the public is encouraged to check with local government authorities to ensure there are no restrictions in place. Wildfire prevention is a shared responsibility. Human-caused wildfires are completely preventable and divert critical resources away from lightning-caused wildfires.

To learn more about the different categories of open burning, visit the Open Burning webpage.

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

The Kamloops Fire Centre would like to thank the public for its continuing help in preventing wildfires. To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone. For up-to-date information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, call 1 888 3-FOREST or visit: www.bcwildfire.ca

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Fire Prevention Week 2022

AMFD is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) – to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week (FPW) this week.

This year’s campaign “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape“, works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires.

Today’s homes burn faster than ever. You may have as little as 2 minutes (or less) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of a burning home depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advance escape planning.

It is important for everyone to plan and practice a home fire escape…something we often don’t think about. Be prepared to know how you will get out of a burning home when the smoke alarm sounds. The whole family needs to know how they will safely exit. This is especially important if someone in the household has a disability and needs additional assistance.

REMEMBER these key home fire escape planning tips:

  • Make sure your plan meets the needs of everyone in the family
  • Smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound.
  • Know at least 2 ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows open easily.
  • Have an outside meeting place that is a safe distance from your home where everyone should meet if there is a fire.
  • Practice your home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the household – do this at least once during the day and once at night.

Don’t forget…this Sunday, Oct.16th from 10 a.m. until noon is AMFD’s annual Open House. Come out to learn more about the department as well as fire safety.

AMFD Open House & Opportunities

Save the date for the morning of October 16th when AMFD has its 2022 Open House! Meet the team and learn about opportunities within the department.

Anarchist Mountain Fire Department is looking for people to join our team!

Do you like to learn new skills and challenge yourself mentally and physically? Then joining AMFD is an excellent way to not only serve your community but get plenty of training on fire fighting and fire protection. 

If you want an added challenge after firefighter training, there are opportunities to join and train with our technical rescue teams that specialize in auto extrication, steep to low angle rescue, forestry response and medical response.

A criminal record check and driver’s abstract is required for all members.

Practices are every Monday night at 6pm and usually last 2 to 3 hours. Want to know more or observe a training night?  Contact:  training@amfd.ca

We want to know your interests and capabilities and find a place for you in our department – whether it be as a firefighter or support volunteer.

For other support opportunities – Contact: administration@amfd.ca

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Chain Link Fence 4′ High – $300.00

5 – 8’ sections

1 – 34” gate

1 – 56” gate

Plus all joining and gate hardware.

Custom Cedar Dining Table & 4 Benches NEW – $500.00

Table – 44” wide x 70” Long

2 Benches – 18” wide x 48” long

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Interested?  Contact Laura at 250-495-7658.

Interim AMCS Board of Directors Appointed

A call for AMCS Directors was made this past month after the existing Board dissolved due to members moving or having other priorities arise.  As a result, an interim Board was recently appointed until the next Annual General Meeting, which is set to occur by the end of November 2022.

The interim Board of Directors includes:

  • Debbie Dundass, President
  • Jennine Lewis, Vice President
  • Sandra Newfield, Treasurer
  • Brenda Arychuk, Secretary & Webmaster
  • Wendy Shah, Director
  • Gloria Pura, Director 

Many thanks go out to past Board members and advisors who have put much time into the activities of AMCS.  Their input and work have been much appreciated.

Special thanks to Kathleen Lausman (Past President) and Jamie Wright (Past Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Webmaster) who have spent many hours of volunteer time for the Society.

The goal of Anarchist Mountain Community Society is to represent residents’ desires for a great community.  This takes volunteers in various capacities for programs and planning. 

Soon the interim Board will be seeking your input on what your priorities are for the AMCS.

What’s Next?

Stay tuned for more information coming up on providing your feedback as well as details on the 2022 AMCS Annual General Meeting & election of the 2023 Board of Directors. 

As a community, let’s affirm our key priorities for the next few years and work together to achieve them!