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Updates, news and prevention tips from the BC Wildfire Service. Report wildfires to *5555 on a cell or 1 800 663-5555 toll-free.
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BC Wildfire Service retweeted
FireSmart BC May 29
activities you can do while you’re at home include: ✅ Rake under decks, porches, sheds and play structures. ✅ Mow your grass to a height of 10 centimetres or less. ✅ Download the updated FireSmart BC Homeowners Manual
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FireSmart BC May 26
Meet Anita, the emergency program coordinator for . As the Local FireSmart Representative for the community, Anita meets with homeowners to assess their property. You can search using the LFR FireSmart Search Tool at:
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BC Wildfire Service May 25
Replying to @BCGovFireInfo
The current open burning prohibitions are in place to reduce human-caused wildfires and help protect the health and safety of staff by reducing demands on firefighting resources. For information about open burning prohibitions, visit: (2/2).
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BC Wildfire Service May 25
has responded to 115 human-caused wildfires since April 1, 2020. We want to remind everyone to practise safe, responsible fire use when enjoying a campfire and adhere to open burning prohibitions (1/2).
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FireSmart BC May 21
Bryan Reid Sr .’s FireSmart Tip #3 - Don’t Wait, FireSmart your home today! Bryan knows first hand how urgent wildfire preparedness is! Download your free Homeowners Manual and prepare your home today!
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BC Wildfire Service May 22
We are responding to wildfires and carrying out the rest of our work differently this year to focus on minimizing the risk of COVID-19 exposure for BC Wildfire Service staff while maintaining our ability to respond to incidents.
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BC Wildfire Service May 20
Replying to @BCGovFireInfo
The crews and airtankers will be working on a mock fire, meaning there will be no active fire for the duration of the activity. Although there will be no smoke or fire, the airtankers conducting retardant drops may be visible from nearby communities (2/2).
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BC Wildfire Service May 20
is conducting annual training in the Coutlee Plateau area outside of today. This is an annual training session for airtanker staff, crew members, new recruit firefighters and dispatch (1/2).
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BC Wildfire Service retweeted
FireSmart BC May 14
Bryan Reid Sr.'s Tip # 2 is check if your community is FireSmart recognized! officially recognizes over 100 communities across BC. Check if your community is on the list at:
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BC Wildfire Service May 14
Key features of the free BC Wildfire Service Mobile phone app include an interactive wildfire map, news updates, statistics and wildfire reporting information. Learn more:
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BC Wildfire Service May 13
Replying to @BCGovFireInfo
In addition, a six-plane skimmer group has been added to provide 150% more skimmer capacity. More information about the BC Wildfire Service’s aviation resources: (2/2)
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BC Wildfire Service May 13
Did you know? There are 2 types of firefighting airtankers: land-based & water-skimmer. B.C. uses both types to support crews on the ground. This year, the long-term contracted airtanker fleet has been improved to provide 15% more fire retardant capacity (1/2).
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BC Wildfire Service May 13
The Bish Creek fire is Being Held & remains 40 has in size. Under prevailing & forecast conditions, w/ resources committed, the fire is not likely to spread beyond existing/ predetermined boundaries. 38 firefighters are on site continuing to establish a control line.
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BC Wildfire Service May 12
Open fire prohibitions throughout B.C. remain in effect. Thank you for doing your part to reduce the number of human-caused wildfires & help protect the health & safety of staff. For the most up-to-date prohibition information, please visit:
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BC Wildfire Service May 12
UPDATE: Due to more accurate mapping & overnight spread, the Bish Creek wildfire, located ~10 kms SW of Kitimat, has grown to 40 has. 38 firefighters & 2 helicopters w/ buckets are on-site. is asking the public to avoid the area to ensure personnel & public safety.
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BC Wildfire Service May 11
is responding to a wildfire burning approximately ten kilometres southwest of Kitimat, B.C., off the Bish Creek Forest Service Road. Smoke from the fire is visible to surrounding communities. More information:
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BC Wildfire Service May 11
REMINDER: Cat 2; Cat 3; Resource Management Open Fires; & the use of: fireworks, sky lanterns, burn barrels or burn cages (except when used for a campfire no larger than 0.5 ms wide x 0.5 ms high) are prohibited in B.C. Keep up-to-date:
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PreparedBC May 9
How will you get info about an emergency in your area? Start by contacting your local emergency program & find out where they’ll share alerts and instructions. Also be sure to follow .
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BC Wildfire Service May 8
Since April 1, 2020, BC has experienced 111 wildfires, about 83% of which were human-caused. Based on current forecasts & activity levels, we are expecting the spring wildfire season to be consistent w/ long-term patterns in BC. Learn more:
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BCCDC May 7
: Wildfire smoke creates air pollution that can irritate the lungs, cause inflammation, and alter immune function, making it more difficult to fight respiratory infections such as COVID-19. Learn more about protecting yourself and your family:
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