Rural Burning Ban Lifted

By October 2, 2013Abbotsford News

Submitted. The annual burning ban for rural areas within Abbotsford has been lifted, effective October 1, 2013 announced Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service today.
Open-air burning is not permitted in urban areas at any time of the year.
This prohibition includes the use of outdoor fireplaces and portable wood-burning appliances.

Burning of land clearing debris is strictly regulated and is not permitted in most areas. When permitted, a site inspection and a permit are required for burning land clearing debris. It is recommended that applicants contact the Fire Prevention Office prior to any land clearing work in order to determine if burning would be permitted and if so, under what conditions.

Where permitted, citizens may burn agricultural waste (vegetation only) in accordance with City of Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service Burning Conditions and Regulations including:
• Agricultural waste burning is only allowed within the Rural Area.
• A permit is required for agricultural waste fires where the pile size is greater that 3m x 3m x 1m high (10 feet x 10 feet x 3 feet high).
• Ensure all burning meets required minimum clearances.
• A permit is required for all ditch burning.
• Burning construction and demolition waste is prohibited.
• Burning of non-vegetation materials including garbage, plastics, rubber, chemicals, furniture and any chemical, petroleum, hazardous products is prohibited.

Property owners found burning in contravention of the Burning Bylaw and the Burning regulations will be subject to fines and possibly cost recovery charges.
Visit to view burning boundary map. If you have any questions, please contact the Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service non-emergency line at 604-853-3566 prior to burning.

Further information can be found at

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