Get prepared for a wildfire

Illustration of a landscape during a fire

Wildfires can threaten homes, businesses and vital infrastructure. When wildfires burn away from houses or infrastructure, they can have ecological benefits. The chance of a damaging wildfire has increased in recent years, due in part to the effects of climate change.


Stages of a wildfire

If you live in an area at risk of a wildfire, it’s important that you take time to get ready for one. Understand what to do before, during and after a wildfire:

Get prepared

If you're in an area that is prone to wildfire, or you just want to be proactive, there are a number of activities you can complete to prevent or prepare for a wildfire.

Stay safe

You can stay safe during a wildfire by knowing your trusted sources of information, understanding evacuation stages, and looking out for your health and safety.

Recover

Returning home after a wildfire can be overwhelming, but if you use caution and take things one step at a time, it is possible to recover and return your home to normal.


Wildfire preparedness guide

This guide will help you prepare your household, protect your property and learn what to do if a wildfire is close to your community.

For more information or inquiries about this guide, please contact us at PreparedBC@gov.bc.ca.