Wildfire Prevention Tips
Check Wildfire Conditions and Campfire Bans
British Columbia implements certain fire bans and restrictions when there are significant risks to BC’s population and environment. There are three categories of fires that can be affected by restrictions – open fires, campfires and forest use.
Before you embark on a trip you can check to view the current restrictions and bans in effect as well as a map view. Please note that these restrictions do not include areas which are within the boundaries of local government and subject to local bylaws – check first for local government policies before starting any fire. Additionally, in some Wildlife Management Areas and Conservation Lands in B.C., campfires are never allowed.
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Track Air Quality of Wildfire Smoke
Increased numbers of wildfires in your region may result in reduced air quality due to excessive smoke. Smoke can spread over large areas depending on the prevailing winds, at high altitudes or ground level.
The British Columbia government issues public advisories known as Smoky Skies Bulletins when areas are being affected by wildfire smoke. These advisories are based on pollutant concentrations, satellite information, smoke forecast models, and on-the-ground visual observations. You can check for these advisories at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/air/air-quality/air-advisories?keyword=smoky&keyword=skies&keyword=bulletin.
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Safety Tips for Wildfire Prevention – Do Your Part
Many wildfires are human caused – up to 40% per year – and, therefore, can be prevented. Here are some tips about how you can ensure you don’t cause an accidental fire.Only start a campfire in the supplied firepit. Never move a firepit from its original placement, this is the safest area deemed by park staff. Always have at least 8 liters of water near your firepit to quickly douse the fire if needed. Never leave a fire unattended! Completely extinguish your campfire before sleeping or leaving the campsite by dousing it with water and stirring until the ashes are completely cold – unattended and unseen embers can cause wildfires. Take care when fueling or using lanterns, heaters, and stoves. Avoid spilling any flammable liquids, and store your fuel away from appliances. Ensure heat-based appliances are cool before fueling them. Never ... Continue Reading
Wildfire Safety Tips – Prepare before an Incident happens
When you arrive at a campground or camping spot, make sure that you know the nearest evacuation route and map out how you will get there. Often campgrounds only have one road in and out.
Make a checklist of important things you need in case you have to leave your RV or tent – for instance, if a wildfire overtakes your area suddenly, it doesn’t hurt to have a ‘to go bag’ just in case, packed with a change of clothes, medications and emergency supplies.
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