Check Before You Burn

Alternatives to Burning

Consider alternatives to burning your agricultural waste. By using alternatives, you are helping to preserve the air quality in the Fraser Valley air shed. Open burning poses serious health risks to the people who are burning and exposes their families, pets, and the surrounding community to toxic chemicals found in smoke.

Open Burning

Open burning is not permitted in urban areas at any time of the year and all open burning in rural areas requires a permit.  Open burning permits will be issued during designated burning seasons and any burning outside of these designated seasons is not permitted. 

  • Spring season (March 1 - April 30) 
  • Fall season (October 1 - November 30)

The open burning ban is in effect from May 1, 2022, to September 30th, 2022. Permits will be available for the Fall Burning Season beginning October 1st, 2022. A permit fee of $50 CDN is due at the time of application.

Prior to applying for the season permit, please review Part 5 Division 2 of the Fire Service Bylaw, 3055-2020, and Open Burning Regulation & Guidelines. If you have any questions about the terms for the permit, contact the Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service at

Check Venting Index Before Burning

Check the British Columbia Ministry of Water, Land, and Air Protection Ventilation Index Information website or by calling 1-888-281-2992 before burning to ensure atmospheric conditions are appropriate for smoke dispersal.

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