Forest fire prevention is a huge concern in the Columbia Valley each year, especially during the late spring, summer and fall seasons. Although forest fires can devastate our natural environment at any time of the year, in our area, ‘fire season’ runs from approximately early May until early October.
Forest fire prevention is everyone’s responsibility, but what if you do spot a fire? Immediately contact the fire service and leave the area. Fires spread quickly. The 24-hour fire reporting line is 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on most cellular networks. Leave a message, reporting the location of the fire.
According to the ministry, anyone “lighting larger fires, or more than two fires of any size, must comply with burning regulations and obtain a burn registration number” by calling 1-888-797-1717.
For the latest information on forest fire prevention, fire activity, bans and restrictions as well as current fire-weather conditions, please visit the Wildfire Management Branch website at http://bcwildfire.ca
For Facebook and Twitter updates as well as details about evacuation orders and alerts, road conditions, and air quality advisories, please visit http://bcforestfireinfo.gov.bc.ca