Open-burning ban lifted for Cowichan Valley

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A recent valley-wide open-burning ban has been lifted by the environment ministry.

Staff pulled the restrictions Thursday after imposing the ban Jan. 14.

"Air quality has improved in the Cowichan Valley due to a change in weather conditions," a ministry release says.

Open burning may now be done without a permit, or approval from the ministry, provided the activity complies with the Open- Burning Smoke-Control Regulation of the Environmental Management Act, and with any restrictions by other agencies, such as municipal-burning bylaws, staff says.

For more, visit

Environment Canada's venting index is available by calling 888-281-2992 daily.

Also call the environment ministry at 250-751-3171, or the Vancouver Island Health Authority at 250-739-6303.


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