B.C. Air Quality

Prescribed (Controlled) Forest Burning

"Prescribed" or "controlled" forest burning refers to the controlled use of fire in forest management. It is a means to facilitate healthy forest ecosystems and wildlife, and reduce the risks of wildfire. In the case of prescribed burning, a fire is intentionally ignited and allowed to proceed over a designated area within well-defined boundaries.

Prescribed burning falls under the domain of the Ministry of Forests and Range (MoFR). The British Columbia Wildfire Act and Wildfire Regulation outline responsibilities and obligations with respect to fire use, prevention, control and rehabilitation. For more information, visit MoFR's Prescribed Fire and Burning FAQ sections of their website.

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