Smoke Alarm Campaign 2023 – Education Booths

Smoke Alarms – A Sound You Can Live With!

Grand Forks Fire Rescue has 2 new events coming up in the next few weeks!

On Saturday Jan. 28th from 10am to 1pm, Grand Forks Fire Rescue will have a smoke alarm demo/education booth at Home Hardware Building Center on Central Ave.

On Saturday Feb. 4th from 10am to 1pm, Grand Forks Fire Rescue will have another smoke alarm demo/education booth at Home Hardware on 72nd Ave.

Come visit us at either location and date to learn valuable safety tips for your home!

Effective at noon on Wednesday Oct. 5th, Category 2 open burning prohibitions will be rescinded throughout the Southeast Fire Centre’s jurisdiction. Due to the decreased wildfire risk, one to two concurrently burning piles no larger then two metres high by three metres wide.

Residents are reminded to take the following precautions with any Category 2 open burning:

  • Never leave fire unattended.
  • Follow the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation: 
  • Check the local venting index:
  • At least one person equipped with a firefighting hand tool must monitor the fire at all times.
  • Never burn in windy conditions.
  • Create a fire guard around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves, and other combustible material right down to the soil.
  • Make sure the fire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before you leave the area for any length of time.

Visit BC Wildfire’s website for more information: Wildfire Service – Province of British Columbia (

Fire Permits

Due to the recent drop in temperatures and rise in moisture, the City of Grand Forks will now be issuing burn permits within city limits. All previously suspended permits are now valid. Campfires must be 0.5 metres by 0.5 metres or smaller.

Freshet update for City of Grand Forks, Morning of June 4th.

Currently City officials are monitoring the flooding situation in the City for any potential impacts as the water is rising.
The City and RDKB continue to track all of the river flows, forecasts, and weather, and are in contact with Emergency Management BC and the BC River Forecast Centre. Forecasts show river levels continuing to rise through the afternoon to evening before settling down.
The City has protective measures in place around our new flood protection infrastructure under construction. Crews are out dealing with any local flooding impacts around roads and drainage. If you see an issue, please call 250-442-8266 for the City’s after hours call out.
Please stay well away from all river banks as ground may be saturated and unstable and may continue to be hazardous even after the water recedes.
For further regional information and all evacuation alerts and updates, please see In the event of an immediate emergency, please call 911.