Get Prepared for a Wildfire in British Columbia

Illustration of a landscape during a fire

On average there are more than 1,600 wildfires in British Columbia every year. Sometimes they burn in areas away from houses or infrastructure, with ecological benefits to the landscape. Other times, they threaten homes, businesses and vital infrastructure. The probability of damaging wildfires 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:

Before a Wildfire

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.

What to do before a wildfire

During a Wildfire

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.

What to do during a wildfire

After a Wildfire

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.

What to do after a wildfire


Wildfire Preparedness Guide (PDF)

If you live somewhere that could experience a wildfire, our Wildfire Preparedness Guide is a must-read! It will help you prepare your household, protect your property and understand 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.

Wildfire Preparedness Guide (PDF 4MB)