Air quality advisory ends; burning restrictions to remain in place over the weekend

From the Ministry of Environment:

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy in collaboration with Island Health has ended the air quality advisory for Courtenay as air quality has improved.

However, open burning restrictions remain in effect until Monday Dec. 11.

As pollution may occur from open burning, the director has suspended the exemption in the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation (Sections 2(i) and 4(2)(a)) that allows for open burning of debris to occur without a permit or approval from the Ministry of Environment. For the next three days, no new fires may be initiated in the Comox Valley within a 15 kilometre radius from Courtenay City Hall and pursuant to Section 4(2)(c) of the regulation, no additional material may be added to existing fires. Contravention of these provisions may be subject to a fine under the Regulation.

For more information on current air quality and to obtain the Venting Index, see: www.bcairquality.ca

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