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Fire Safety in the Summer

This page was last reviewed on July 31, 2017.

July 2017 Update

As of July 14, 2017, there is a back yard recreational fire ban in effect. At this time, we are not in an extreme fire hazard situation, but the weather is moving toward a drying trend, with little to no precipitation forecasted. We expect this weather trend to continue.

In addition, many provincial resources are committed to the interior of British Columbia where there is a real fire danger at this time. Residents do need to be concerned with our activities in the Village and our surrounding forestlands.

Summer Fire Hazards

Pay close attention to the following fire hazards, especially during warm weather:

  • If you do not smoke, you have greatly reduced your chances of fire. If you do smoke, you need a safe spot to smoke. Many problems occur around wooden decks, wooden steps or back sheds. It is important to water your ashtray and make sure cigarette butts are extinguished completely and put in a fireproof container.
  • Lawnmowers, weed eaters, motorcycles, quads, combustion type tools and power saws are examples of items that create hot exhaust. If these items are placed on the grass or in the shed before cooling, a fire can start.
  • Be careful when parking your boat trailer or utility trailer. The wheel bearings get hot and if parked in grass can cause fires. Vehicles have catalytic converters that get extremely hot. If parked in brush or high grass they can easily start a fire.
  • Gas barbeques, briquettes and propane recreation fire pits still create open flame and radiate heat. These appliances may be permitted during a campfire ban, but it is still important to be aware and take proper precautions.

Forest Fires

In the forest trails, fires can start and go undetected for long periods. Humans start fifty percent of forest fires. Our Fire Department has the equipment and training to work on wildfire operations. Future plans include installation of one or two hydrants in the community forest. We need recreational forest users to use caution and protect our forestlands.

Fighting fires in standing timber is extremely uncontrollable and dangerous. Ultimately, our priority is the safety of the Village. We may at some point need to close trails. We have allocated budget for extra patrols if extreme fire hazard situations occur. You may also see the duty officer patrolling in the evenings checking for potential problems. As a community, we must be aware and alert as this is the very best protection for our Village and for our forest.

To report a wildfire, call 911. To report columns of smoke call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 from a cell phone.

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