Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Message From the Fire Chief

 

 

A Message From the Fire Chief

The Northern Rockies does not have any specific wildfire prevention bylaw in place, thus is governed by the Wildfire Act and Regulation administered by the BC Wildfire Service.  Currently all open fires (including campfires) are prohibited in the Prince George Fire Centre, which includes the Northern Rockies, until October 21, 2017 or the public is otherwise notified. Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

 

The decision when or where to implement a fire ban is made by the regional fire centres depending on local fire hazards or dangers, the type of weather conditions forecasted and the type and level of fire activity being experienced.

 

Although we have been experiencing wet weather here in the NRRM and a decreased risk of wildfire, the provincial wildfire situation is critically active. As a result, personnel from across the province may be responding to fires outside of their regional and fire centre boundaries, limiting the amount of resources available in wetter areas.

 

In these situations, fires present an unacceptable risk and detract from detection and response capabilities by increasing the number of “false-alarm” smoke chases, wildfire phone reports and nuisance fires.

 

Northern Rockies Fire Rescue would like to respectfully request your cooperation during this provincial wildfire emergency. Please don’t engage in any open burning or campfires until the BC Wildfire Service prohibition is lifted.

 

Chief Brian J. Bailie

Northern Rockies Fire Rescue

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