Report a wildfire

Last updated on February 1, 2024

To report a wildfire or irresponsible behaviour that could start a wildfire in British Columbia, please call 1 800 663-5555 or (*5555 from a cell phone) as soon as possible.

Information from the public is crucial to the effectiveness of our response. If you can, take a picture of the fire and submit it using the BC Wildfire Service app (download in the App Store and on Google Play).

All calls are answered by BC Wildfire Service staff at the Provincial Wildfire Reporting Centre. Any information you can provide is helpful, however you can expect the emergency call taker to ask for details about the fire, such as;

  • Location              
    i.e. Where is the fire? How far up the hillside? Closest intersection?
  • Size                       
    e.g. Metres? Hectares? Size of a house? Size of a football field?
  • Rate of spread
    i.e. How quickly is the fire spreading?
  • Fuel                      
    i.e. What is burning? Grass, bushes, trees?
  • Smoke/flames                
    i.e. What colour is the smoke? Are flames visible?
  • Threat                  
    i.e. Are there any people or buildings at risk?
  • Action                  
    i.e. Is anyone fighting the fire?
  • Campfires
    If reporting a campfire, can you tell if it is wood burning or is it a propane campfire?

To contact the BC Wildfire Service with any other inquiry please see the contact information page.

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BC Wildfire Service mobile app

The official BC Wildfire Service mobile app is available for free download in the App Store and on Google Play.

Additional information is provided in the BCWS Mobile App Reference Guide (PDF, 1MB).