Air Quality in the Central Okanagan
The Air Quality Program is a joint initiative between the City of Kelowna, Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO), District of Peachland, District of West Kelowna, and the District of Lake Country.
The Air quality Program helps protect and improve our air through education, awareness and pollution prevention programs. The program focuses on reducing wood smoke and vehicle emissions, the main sources of air pollution in the Central Okanagan.
We can all improve our local air quality.
Current Open Burning Conditions
Residents with a valid permit are required to check the air quality conditions on the day that they want to burn. Conditions are updated daily at 7:15am. The conditions can also be accessed by calling 1-855-262-BURN(2876).
Within the Regional District of Central Okanagan there are a few specific circumstances when burning may occur when the venting index is less than 65.
A local fire department may exempt a permit holder from the venting and air quality regulations when burning is required specifically for a fuel modification project to dispose of fire hazard materials and protect public safety by reducing the potential for interface wildfires. Permit holders may be subject to other conditions from the fire department issuing the permit.
Areas within the Regional District that are outside of a fire protection area fall under the Provincial Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation. Residents must contact the Regional District at 250-469-6223 to confirm that they are outside of a fire protection area.
Regional Air Quality Coordinator