An unconditional ban on outdoor burning is in effect in all areas of Abbotsford, beginning June 1 and running until Sept. 30.
Under the Fire Service Bylaw, the City of Abbotsford imposes an annual ban on all outdoor burning from June through September in order to reduce the potential for the uncontrolled spreading of fires and the resulting danger to lives and property.
Under this bylaw, camp fires, backyard fire pits/burn barrels and portable wood-burning fireplaces are also banned throughout the year. Outdoor charcoal briquette or propane or natural gas barbeques are permitted both during and outside of the ban period, however, Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service recommends keeping children at least one metre away from these units to prevent the possibility of serious burns.
During the fire ban there is a $500 fine for discarding burning substances (this includes cigarettes) and a $500 fine for any unauthorized burning. Persons who cause accidental fires may also be charged with the costs associated with fire suppression and/or face criminal charges. Agricultural or land clearing burning is allowed under permit during the months of September through May.