Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Fire Safety Info-Bulletin

INFO BULLETIN

 

May 21, 2015

 

Summer is heating up – and so is our risk from wildfire!

FORT NELSON - The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality is currently under an extreme fire hazard rating and while many of us enjoy a warm, dry summer, this weather increases the fire hazard in our parks and forested areas.

 

Under the current hazard, the following activities are prohibited within the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality on both public and private lands:

  • the burning of stubble or grass
  • any fire larger than a campfire
  • fireworks and firecrackers
  • burn barrels
  • tiki torches and similar kinds of torches

 

Residents and visitors both play an important role in fire prevention and detection and here are some tips for keeping our parks and forested lands fire safe:

  • Completely extinguish campfires and never leave a fire unattended. Douse with water and stir ashes until cold. Monitor the wind and don't burn or create an open campfire in windy conditions. Have at least eight litres of water and a hand tool nearby to extinguish your campfire.
  • Do not throw away cigarettes, matches or smoking materials from a motor vehicle or on park grounds. Make sure cigarettes are completely extinguished before discarding.
  • Follow all posted guidelines regarding open and backyard burning. Check regularly online at www.bcwildfire.ca for the latest information and restrictions.
  • Watch for increases in fire hazard ratings and obey any posted notices.
  • When fire hazard ratings are extreme, stay on trails and avoid using barbecues, even in permitted areas.
  • Do not park vehicles or off-road vehicles on, or right next to, dry grass.

 

It is also a good idea to be prepared at home with a 72 hour emergency kit.  PreparedBC's website and GetPrepared.ga.ca provide great advice on how to prepare these kits.

 

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call toll-free 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on most cellular networks. Check regularly online at www.bcwildfire.ca for the latest information and restrictions.

 

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