Wildfires

wildfire or wildland fire is a fire in an area of combustible vegetation that occurs in the countryside or rural area.

Interface fires occur when wildfires cross from forested areas into urban centres.

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To prevent and mitigate wildfire damage:

There are three stages of evacuations:

  • Evacuation Alert: must be ready to leave on short notice
  • Evacuation Order: must leave the area immediately
  • Evacuation Rescind: safe to return home

If you evacuate under an evacuation order:

  • Report to a designated Reception Centre
  • If you are driving, drive calmly, with your lights on, to a designated Reception Centre - obey traffic directions
  • After check-in at the Reception Centre, call your contact person and update them

If you have self-evacuated (have not received an evacuation order from your local authority) please contact the Provincial Coordination Centre at 1-800-663-3456 to receive further directions.

Wildfire smoke

Outdoor air quality issues are regulated by the BC Ministry of Environment and the BC Ministry of Health. The Ministry of Health makes recommendations on standards, objectives and regulations on outdoor air quality affecting human health

Public education is readily available through a variety of websites and Public Service announcements (PSA) provided through the Ministry of Health. Local government to support the messaging through social media and emergency update capacities.

Wildfires information website
Wildfire Status
Wildfires: Province of British Columbia
FireSmart Canada-prevention and mitigation strategies
Wildfire Recovery Programs
Interactive Wildfire Map
Wildfires of Note
Air Quality
BCCDC: BC Health Wildfire Smoke Response Coordination Guideline, March 2017
BCCDC: Guidance for BC Public Health Decision Makers During Wildfire Smoke Events, September 2014
First Nations health Authority: Wildfire Smoke – Clean Air Shelters