Wildfire Preparedness Resources & Additional Information
Emergency Social Services
If you’re evacuated from your primary residence due to a disaster, Emergency Social Services (ESS) may be made available for up to 72 hours or longer depending on your needs. Learn more about ESS, who they’re for and what you can expect if you’re in need.
Wildfire & Your Health
Increased wildfire activity can result in physical and mental health challenges. Learn more about taking good care of yourself and others during wildfire emergencies.
Resources for Farmers & Ranchers
Are you involved in farming or ranching in BC in an area susceptible to wildfires? Learn more about how to get your farm or ranch prepared and where you can turn for support.
Prepare for Possible Evacuations
If a wildfire threatens your home you may receive an Evacuation Alert or Order, so it’s important to understand the difference. Remember, if you receive an Evacuation Order, don’t shut off your natural gas; visit your local natural gas provider’s web page, such as FortisBC and Pacific Northern Gas, to learn more.
Prepare Your Property
The FireSmart Homeowner’s Manual (PDF) offers simple advice to help protect your home and property from wildfire.
Did you know nearly half of all wildfires in B.C. are caused by human carelessness? You can make a difference by following a few simple rules. Always check for fire bans and restrictions. Then, if allowed, ensure your campfire is no larger than 0.5 metres by 0.5 metres, keep a shovel or water nearby and don’t forget to create a one-metre, debris-free firebreak around your fire. Watch this video from BC Wildfire Service to learn more. Learn more about how to prevent wildfires.
Call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on your cell if you spot smoke, flames or an unattended campfire.