Be FireSmart: What happens if a wildfire threatens my community?
- Stay tuned to local radio and television stations, and follow @EmergencyInfoBC and @BCGovFireInfo on Twitter. Officials may issue an evacuation alert if populated areas are at risk.
- An evacuation alert means people may be asked to leave their homes on short notice.
- This is a good time to collect your family emergency kit, prescription medication, identification and important papers and load them in your vehicle. It's also good practice to ensure the gas tank is always half full.
- If the threat escalates, an evacuation order will be issued. That means you must leave the area immediately.
- Carefully follow instructions from police and emergency officials. They will advise you of your escape route.
- If you're evacuated, register with the local Emergency Social Services Reception Centre so you can receive short-term assistance with housing and food.
- When the threat subsides, the evacuation order will be rescinded and an "all clear" notice will likely be given.
- When you return home, use caution and exercise good judgement. Hazards may still exist in affected areas.
Be FireSmart: Air Quality and Smoke from wildfires
- Use common sense regarding outdoor physical activity. If your breathing becomes difficult or uncomfortable, stop or reduce the activity.
- Staying indoors can provide relief from smoke; however, many air conditioning systems won't filter the air completely.
- You may be able to reduce your exposure to smoke by moving to cleaner air. Conditions can vary dramatically by area and elevation.
Be FireSmart: Backcountry closures
Campers and provincial park visitors should check BC Parks fire restrictions and closures before making plans.Recreation site and trail users can check for closures on Facebook or the Recreation Sites and Trails BC website.
Be FireSmart: Get help from Emergency Social Services
Even if you're staying with family or friends, it's a good idea to register with a reception centre so emergency officials can keep in touch. Contact your local government for more information.
Be FireSmart: On the Road to Recovery
Read this Guide to Disaster Recovery for excellent tips and advice.