Be prepared, help prevent wildfires through long weekend
Residents, travellers and campers are urged to use caution and remain vigilant to prevent fires while enjoying the outdoors over the Canada Day long weekend.
People should follow fire bans and restrictions, and be prepared for wildfires by having an emergency plan and staying informed as conditions change. Warm summer temperatures combined with drought conditions through most of the province increase the potential for wildfires.
Since April 1, 2023, more than 566 wildfires have burned more than 960,041 hectares. Most of these hectares have burned within the Prince George Fire Centre. Of these fires, 52% were human-caused and preventable.
Everyone must do their part in limiting preventable human-caused fires. Continue to monitor and follow fire bans and restrictions in your region. British Columbia is vast and ecologically diverse, and decisions regarding prohibitions will be made based on current and anticipated conditions.
Anyone found in contravention of an open-burning prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of as much as $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined as much as $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.
There is also an increased probability of lightning-caused fires during the summer. The BC Wildfire Service is closely monitoring changing conditions and making necessary preparations with strategic aviation and crew placements.
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone or download the BC Wildfire Service app. The mobile app allows people to submit photos along with their report, which helps inform BC Wildfire Service operational decision-making.
Stay informed about changing wildfire conditions through the BC Wildfire Service app or at: https://bcwildfire.ca
For information about prohibitions in your region, visit the BC Wildfire Service website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/fire-bans-and-restrictions.
BC Wildfire Service information and updates: http://www.bcwildfire.ca/
For the latest videos from wildfire incidents, visit: https://www.youtube.com/@BCWildfireService
Fire bans and restrictions: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/fire-bans-and-restrictions
Emergency information: http://www.emergencyinfobc.ca and http://www.twitter.com/EmergencyInfoBC
To check current weather alerts, visit: http://weather.gc.ca
Air-quality advisories: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/air/air-quality/air-advisories
For preparedness guides from PreparedBC, including floods, wildfires and extreme heat, visit: http://www.preparedbc.ca
For tips about how to prepare grab-and-go bags, visit: http://www.preparedbc.ca/emergencykit
To register for Emergency Support Services, visit: https://ess.gov.bc.ca/
To stay informed about the latest road conditions, visit: http://www.drivebc.ca
BCCDC information about preparing for heat events: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/prevention-public-health/preparing-for-heat-events
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