Wildfire Prevention

To report a wildfire call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 from your mobile


Campfires are currently prohibited throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre and a campfire ban will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified. More information here 

If you are an evacuee from a fire area you are asked to register with the Red Cross at 1-800-863-6582. Evacuees are asked to also register with their local emergency reception centre if immediate assistance is needed with accommodations, food, medical or prescription support. A list of currently activated emergency operations centers can be found here:

Several BC highways are currently experiencing disruptions due to forest fires. Please consult DriveBC for the latest highway conditions and closures

Air quality has also been affected in several regions. You may view the current and forecast Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) values and what they mean to your health on the BC Air Quality website

The BC Wildfire Status website provides comprehensive information on:

  • Preparing for a potential evacuation
  • What to do if evacuated
  • Current wildfire information and interactive map
  • Wildfire prevention and preparedness
  • BC Wildfire Service information bulletins 

FireSmart your property and reduce the risk from wildfire

Research has shown that a house with both a fire resistant roof and a FireSmart zone surrounding it is 85 percent more likely to survive a wildfire than one that is not so prepared. 

The following preventative measures will increase the likelihood of your home surviving a wildfire event:

  1. If you are replacing your roof, choose a Class A or fire resistant product. Your roof is the most vulnerable part of your house in a wildfire because of its large size and its susceptibility to flying embers (firebrands).
  2. Dead pine needles are fuel. Keep them off your roof, out of your gutters and away from the foundation of your house.
  3. Prune your shrubs, removing all dead branches. De-limb trees up to 2-3 metres from the ground. Take the green waste to a local disposal site.
  4. If branches are hanging over your roof, trim them back. Then clear your roof of leaf or needle litter.
  5. Keep your lawn mowed and watered, as fire moves quickly through dry grass and weeds.
  6. Store firewood at least 10 metres from your house, especially during fire season.  

 

 

For more information, download the FireSmart manual

FireSmart Begins at Home

There are 3 priority zones to conider when it comes to fire prevention and fire safety in the face of wild fires near your home or within your community. Below are the major priorty zones that deomonstrate what preventative measures can be taken to ensure that your home be not burned. 

Priority Zone 1 (within 10 meters of the building - the most critical area to consider for fire protection)

  • Shrubs, trees, deadfall, unnecessary storage and woodpiles should be removed
  • Keep grass watered and mowed
  • Trees remain should be pruned at least 2 meters up from the ground

Priority Zone 2 (from 10 to 30 meters from the building)

  • Surrounding trees should be pruned and thinned around all buildings/structures on your property

Priority Zone 3 (from 30 to 100 meters and beyond from the building)

  • Surrounding trees should be thinned