Follow All Fire Bans
Make sure that you are aware of what fire bans and restrictions are in place in your area and follow them strictly. Check your local regulations often during the summer months and know what’s safe.
Be Responsible When Fires aren’t Banned
When you do have campfires or other fires at times when they are not restricted, always be vigilant and exercise safety precautions. Never leave a fire unattended, don’t build a fire on a windy day, and, if possible, keep a water source such as a hose nearby when you are burning anything as a failsafe in case the flames get out of control, and douse all fires with water after they are out.
Report any fires that go against restrictions and risky behaviours that could lead to wildfire that you may witness. Download the BC Wildfires app to easily and quickly report anything to the appropriate authorities.
If you are a smoker, watch your butt! Cigarette butts and discarded smoking materials. Make absolutely certain that any smoking materials are out before trashing them (run them under water if possible) and dispose of them properly--don’t throw them on the ground.
Be Careful with Anything that Has an Engine
Machinery, motor vehicles, tractors, and lawn mowers can all give off sparks that could catch and become a wildfire. During the dry season, be careful not to use machinery in a particularly dry environment with dry grasses and flammable materials present, and be mindful of where you are driving and parking your car--avoid dry, gassy areas.
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