B.C. Air Quality

Industrial Burning

Industrial burning of wood and vegetation releases a good deal of smoke, which can envelope a large area, for extended periods. This kind of burning includes:

  • slash burning and in the logging industry;
  • wood-residue burning in log sorts;
  • wood-residue burning in sawmills; and
  • land-clearing and construction fires.

For more information, see Slash and Wood-Residue Burning.

Prescribed (controlled) forest burning is not industrial burning. It is a forest-management tool used to reduce wildfire hazard and enhance wildlife habitat.

Open burning is used in agriculture to dispose of crop residue, clear areas for planting, and control pests and disease. To learn more, visit Agricultural Burning.

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