Interface Fire

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Find out about the current wildfire situation in British Columbia

See the current fire danger rating for your area

Background-what is an interface fire?
The wildland/urban interface is the geographical point where the wilderness and urban development meet.  In the interface, residential homes or structures and vegetation are close enough that a wildfire may spread to structures or a structural fire may ignite trees and vegetation.  Because residential homes are often located near wooded areas in Pitt Meadows, this is a potential risk in this region.

What you can do
Residents can play an important role in preventing and reporting interface fires.  It's important to plan for the possibility of fire if you currently live in or plan to build in a rural area.  Learn how to protect your home and property.

If you see smoke or flames, please report it by calling 911
Find out what to do during a forest fire or wildfire.

Pitt Meadows has a ban on burning fires in all urban areas, and restricted burning seasons in rural areas.  Click here for information on the municipal burning bylaw.

Click here for information on fire safe building codes.

It's important to have an emergency preparedness kit on hand in the case of fire or any emergency.  Click here to find out how to put together a kit for your family.

1.  What are the main causes of wildfires?

Half of all wildfires are usually caused by lightning, and the other half are caused by people.  People-caused wildfires are usually due to outdoor campfires left unattended or improperly extinguished.  Click here to find out more about average fire causes in British Columbia.

2.  What is a prescribed burn?
A prescribed burn is a fire that is set and controlled in order to achieve certain objectives.  Prescribed fire actually offers benefits to forests by reducing overgrowth, creating a better habitat for wildfire, reducing the intensity of naturally occurring wildfires, and reviving some ecosystems.

Find out about prescribed fires and their benefits here.

3.  How does the weather influence the fire season?
Hot, dry weather can dry out vegetation and make fires a high risk.  Fires that start in damper, cooler weather are easier to get under control.

4.  How is the fire danger rated throughout the province?

What the Danger Class Ratings mean:

Low                   Low fire danger.
Moderate           Carry out any forest activities with caution.
High                  Fire hazard is serious.  Extreme caution must be used in any forest activities.  Burning
                         permits and industrial activities may be restricted.
Extreme             Extremely high fire hazard. 
                         General forest activities may be restricted, including burning permits,
                         industrial activities and campfires.

5.  What do the fire intensity ranking mean?
Fires are ranked according to intensity from 1 to 6.  Click here for an explanation of these rankings. 

Learn more
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