Fire incident reporting
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.
All fires that have caused damage to property, injuries or fatalities, or that required fire department resources to suppress, must be reported to the Office of the Fire Commissioner.
On this page
Report a fire in the Fire Incident Reporting (FIRE) system.
Reporting guidelines and forms
Learn about what types of fires need to be reported, and find forms, the fire reporting manual, definitions used in fire reporting.
Benefits of reporting fires
Reporting fires is legally required. The information in the reports also provides data for the annual fire loss report and supports fire prevention activities, as well as:
- Developing public education materials and programs
- Researching trends
- Identifying emerging risks
- Updating legislation, regulations, and codes
Each year, municipalities, cities, local governments, regional districts, electoral districts or registered societies are eligible to receive reimbursement for all fire reports that have been completed and submitted to the Office of the Fire Commissioner, based on Section 12 of the Fire Services Act.
- Complete the remuneration form (PDF, 200KB)
- Submit forms to:
- Email: OFC@gov.bc.ca
- Mail: Office of the Fire Commissioner
PO Box 9201 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC V8W 9J1
Fire reporting data is used by different organizations and government agencies for policy development, planning and research purposes. The more complete the fire reporting data is, the more useful it is.