Each year there are more than 2,000 wildfires in B.C. Although many occur far away from communities, as people build more homes in 'wildland-urban interface' areas, more fires are impacting residential areas. Every year, interface fires threaten or burn homes, cabins and other high value resources. Our region will experience drier summers in the coming years as a result of climate change, increasing the risk for fires.

Preparing for Wildfires

Extended warm, dry weather conditions increase the possibility of wildfire activity. Everyone should be extra cautious and mindful when enjoying outdoor summer activities.

If you are planning to hike, camp or participate in other back country activities, be sure to check the latest information on any travel restrictions and fire bans.

  • Know the fire danger rating before heading out.
  • Make sure your campfire is completely extinguished and the embers are cold before leaving your campsite.
  • Also ensure cigarette butts are put out properly in an ashtray and not tossed away carelessly.

If you spot a wildfire, report it as soon as possible by calling 1.800.663.5555 or *5555 on your cell phone.

If you live in or near a forested area, or in an interface zone, make sure your home is protected by removing debris from the roof and maintaining a safety zone around your house clear of flammable debris, shrubs or trees.

  • Move other flammable materials like wood piles or propane tanks well away from your house and outbuildings.
  • Check your home insurance policy to make sure that you have the appropriate coverage.

Ensure that you have a family emergency plan and emergency kit and be prepared in case you are required to leave your home on short notice.

Get Prepared for Wildfire Season

If you spot smoke, flames or an unattended campfire report it by calling:

1.800.663.5555 or *5555 on your cell phone.

Additional Resources:

Visit PreparedBC to download a Wildfire Preparedness Guide to learn more about how to prepare your household, protect your property and understand what to do if a wildfire is close to your community.

Visit BC Wildfire Service to learn about fire bans and restrictions, and current wildfire activity.

Visit FireSmart BC for resources for keeping your home, neighbourhood, and community prepared for wildfires.

Reduce the potential impacts of wildfire on your home by downloading this FireSmart Homeowner's Manual.

Air Quality has a direct impact on human health. Visit BC Air Quality to view current air quality advisories or visit BlueSky Canada's Smoke Forecast page.