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Wood Smoke Information Resources Portal

Residential wood burning is believed to be a significant cumulative source of fine particulate matter (PM) in BC, including Prince George. Exposure to fine PM is linked to adverse human health impacts, such as asthma, emphysema, pneumonia, bronchitis and other respiratory diseases, cardiovascular problems and premature death. FBC supports the Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable and other initiatives to help residents save fuel and reduce emissions when burning at home.

NEW! Wood Smoke Education Online Course

The Wood Smoke Education online course is a new interactive learning tool designed to teach the owners and operators of wood stoves how to burn cleanly and efficiently and explain the benefits of doing so.


The course is made up of the following modules, and should take participants from 40 minutes to an hour to complete:

  • Module 1: Clean Burning and Wood Smoke: Why it Matters Part 1 (10-15 min)
  • Module 2: Clean Burning and Wood Smoke: Why it Matters Part 2 (5-10 min)
  • Module 3: Firewood Practices (5-10 min)
  • Module 4: Clean Burning Practices (10-15 min)
  • Module 5: Rules, Regulations, & Air Quality (2-5 min)

Do you have a wood stove? Check it out!

Yes, I’d like to learn about cleaner burning!

Thanks to the Project Funders


2021 BC Wood Stove Exchange Program

wood_stove_and_firewood_200px.jpgCheck out the incentives for Prince George & Region

The BC Wood Stove Exchange program offers incentives to encourage British Columbians to exchange older, smoky wood-burning appliances for low-emission appliances, including gas, pellet and EPA-certified clean burning wood stoves or inserts.

The program has run for over 10 years in the City of Prince George and the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George (RDFFG), managed by Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable (PGAIR), and with administrative support from FBC's Upper Fraser office.

Through the program, residents have switched out over 340 old stoves for high-efficiency appliances and removed an estimated annual 30 tonnes of particulate matter emissions from the airshed.

In 2021 a resident changing out an old wood stove can receive a $500 rebate towards the purchase of a new emission-certified wood stove or a $650 rebate towards a natural gas, propane, electric or pellet appliance. For details, visit the PGAIR website.

The Woodstove Exchange in the region is thanks to a partnership of the Province of British Columbia, PGAIR, the BC Lung Association, the City of Prince George and the RDFFG.



Video Series on Cleaner Burning

English and French versions available

Check out this three-video series on how you can burn wood cleaner and reduce smoke.

These videos are also available for download in English and French for use by school teachers and others in community education, provided attribution is provided. Together, let's clear the air!

Support for the videos has been provided by Health Canada, the Province of British Columbia and the Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable.

Wood Smoke: Tips for a Cleaner Burn


Burning Clean: It Starts with the Wood


Wood Smoke and Your Health



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Choose "download" from the upper left corner of the screen to save the video to your desktop.

Video Series on Wood Smoke (English)
Wood Smoke: Tips for a Cleaner Burn Download video
Burning Clean: It Starts with the Wood Download video
Wood Smoke and Your Health Download video

Série vidéo sur la fumée de bois (Français)

Fumée de bois: conseils pour diminuer these effects de la fumée Télécharger la vidéo
Les bons feux: ça commence avec un bon bois Télécharger la vidéo
Votre santé et la fumée de bois Télécharger la vidéo


Resident Tip Sheets

The Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable, with support from FBC’s Upper Fraser team, has tips to help homeowners achieve greater fuel efficiency and fewer emissions:burn_it_clean_burnie_190px.png

  • Burn it Clean! Techniques to run wood-burning appliances at maximum efficiency.
  • Firewood Storage: Effective ways to dry and store firewood for cleaner burning.



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About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

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FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350
F: 604 488-5351