Open Burning Ban

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy in collaboration with provincial public health partners, has issued open burning restrictions for all High Smoke Sensitivity Zones across the province until Wednesday, April 15th, 2020. Both The Township of Spallumcheen and the City of Armstrong fall within the High Smoke Sensitivity Zone.

“As cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in BC continue to increase, the BC Centre for Disease Control recommends implementing measures that help to reduce excess air pollution in populated airsheds across the province. There is strong evidence that exposure to air pollution increases susceptibility to respiratory viral infections by decreasing immune function. This means that: • Deterioration in air quality may lead to more COVID-19 infections overall, • Deterioration in air quality may lead to more cases of severe COVID-19 infections, adding further demand to our healthcare system, and • Improvements to air quality may help to protect the whole population from COVID-19 and its potentially severe effects”

This ban does not include Campfires.

If you would like to submit a complaint, please contact the Fire Hall at 250-546-6708  or email the Township at mail@spallumcheentwp.bc.ca with your name, address, phone number and address of property not in compliance and photos of the non-compliance, as it may take time for response and investigation.

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/environment/air-land-water/air/advisories/2020-03-26_hssz_open_burning_restrictions_issued.pdf

Wednesday, 1 April 2020