Fire - Interface and Wildfire
Wildland fires can occur when dry fuel meets an ignition source. With summers in BC being hot and dry and our forests full of dry combustible fuels, an ignition source such as dry lightning, abandoned campfires and carelessly discarded cigarette butts can start wildland fires.
Although wildfire is a natural occurrence necessary for overall forest health, it can be disastrous when this type of fire nears homes and neighbourhoods.
Wildfire Prevention and FireSmart
Residents can reduce risk of wildfires starting and/or spreading in the neighbourhood, by exercising care with ignition sources such as briquette barbeques, fire pits and cigarettes and managing or removing potential combustibles near structures.
Vernon's fire prevention regulations are found in the Fire Services Bylaw #5635.
Residents can also take steps to be better prepared for possibility of fires by
- researching insurance coverage for fire damage and losses;
- preplanning for family if required to be out of the home;
- preparing a Grab and Go Bag; and,
- making plans for pet care.
To learn more about preparing for wildfire visit the following sites:
Wildfire Smoke can also be problematic, causing poor air quality and potential health impacts particularly for more vulnerable populations such as children, older adults and those with pre-existing medical conditions.
To learn more about wildfire smoke visit the following link from the BC Centre for Disease Control