It's important to be FireSmart this summer so that we can all help prevent wildfires in British Columbia.
Did you know that 40% of wildfires in BC are caused by humans? That means that 40% of wildfires in BC are likely preventable!
FireSmart BC is an organization that works towards improving wildfire preparedness, prevention, and mitigation in British Columbia. As part of their work, they provide informational materials for BC residents and visitors to learn and better understand how to prevent wildfires—and to stay safe if they happen.
To access these resources, please visit the British Columbia FireSmart website where they have information for individuals and communities alike.
When you are traveling to Mission and within BC it is important to keep up to date with the current Fire Bans. These bans are imperative to keeping others, yourself, and the beauty of our natural surroundings safe.
As of June 30th, 2021, the province of British Columbia is under a total fire ban which will be in effect until October 15, 2021, or until terminated by the Province at another date. This ban includes campfires, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires, and activities such as the use of fireworks, tiki torches, and certain outdoor stoves. Please see the official Government of British Columbia website for a full list and details on restrictions.
As of July 27th, Mission's Tree Farm Licence 26 is CLOSED to all access due to extreme fire hazard risk, unless you are accessing the boat launch or camping in one of the designated campgrounds.
Camping and Fire Bans in British Columbia
While there is more than one way to be FireSmart (check out the seven FireSmart disciplines), it’s especially important to:
- respect fire bans,
- properly extinguish allowable campfires, and
- responsibly dispose of all smoking materials.
Statistics from: (https://firesmartbc.ca/).
If you're looking for more information, make sure to check out these other great resources:
We are all in this together!
BC Wildfire Dashboard (arcgis.com) An interactive map of all active wildfires in British Columbia.
BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) / Twitter BC Wildfire Service's Twitter.
BC Wildfire Service - Home | Facebook BC Wildfire Service's Facebook.
Fire Bans and Restrictions (gov.bc.ca) Up to date information on fire bans and restrictions.
BC Parks Information regarding Provincial campgrounds and parks closures.
Alerts, closures and warnings - Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca) Alerts, closures and warnings regarding rustic campsites and recreational trails.