Wildfire Response

The majority of wildfires in British Columbia are quickly contained and extinguished by personnel on the ground. For larger fires, or when access is difficult, aircraft may assist ground crews by dropping retardant, foam and/or water to help contain the fire. 

For particularly large fires, or at times of heightened fire activity additional support from other jurisdictions may also be called upon.

When a wildfire does not threaten public safety, property or other values, a wildfire may (as a naturally occurring event) be deemed beneficial and therefore warrant a modified response, with crews monitoring and managing a fire, rather than fighting it.