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Jade Pass Trail, Mt. Revelstoke Photo: Kim Walker
Wildfires are a very real danger in British Columbia. If you spot a fire or a column of smoke while travelling through the province, call and report it to the BC Wildfire Service at 1-800-663-5555 or hands free at *5555 on your cell phone.
Outdoor enthusiasts can play an important role in reducing human caused fires. Discarded cigarette butts, campfires, hot exhaust pipes coming into contact with dry grass and vegetation, power tools (such as chainsaws), candles or mosquito coils and even discarded glass can all ignite and start a wildfire.
It is important to be careful when in the outdoors, not only when enjoying a campfire or off-roading in the backcountry, but also in using tools and handling, storing and disposing of combustible materials and fuels.
Many campers and visitors to our province build and enjoy campfires. The BC Wildfire Service suggest to prevent your campfire from turning in to a wildfire be sure to:
Do not discard smoking materials from vehicles or when hiking, camping or boating. Always use interior ashtrays. Many campgrounds allow you to smoke at your site but extinguish cigarettes in the purpose built firepit.
Motorized vehicles, particularly All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) and dirt bikes, can produce a significant amount of heat from their exhaust systems. This heat can be enough to spark a wildfire. Avoid operating any motorized vehicle in tall grass and vegetation when the weather is hot and dry.
Campfire regulations are seasonal and vary from region to region. During the summer months forest fires are a very real danger and bans are put in place in the dryer areas. For detailed regional information about fire regulations, contact the BC Wildfire Service or their Information Line at 1-888-336-7378. Always check with a local BC Visitor Centre, as local regulations always supersede those of the BC Wildfire Service.
Remember if you see a fire or columns of smoke report the incident to 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 from a cell phone.