Info for travelers & tourists in B.C.
All travelers and tourists in B.C. are urged to check with local tourism info centres for specific information concerning fire safety and management at their destination. For list of centres visit: HelloBC.com.
Given current weather conditions, BC Wildfire Service has implemented fire bans across most of the province, to help protect communities, our forests and infrastructure from wildfire. For current campfire bans and updates visit: www.gov.bc.ca/wildfirebans
B.C. parks and protected areas
Until further notice, for public safety, some B.C. parks and protected areas are closed due to extreme wildfire hazard.
For more information about closures & what to do if you're a reservation holder visit: www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks
Recreation sites and trails
A number of recreation sites and trails are also closed due to the fire hazard. For more information visit: www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca.
Get a complete list of impacted highways and closure information at www.drivebc.ca.
BC Ferries is providing complimentary prearranged travel support for people evacuating the wildfires in the B.C. Interior. Evacuees from officially evacuated areas are asked to please contact 1-888-BCFERRY (1-888-223-3779) to secure their booking. Special emergency management teams at BC Ferries Customer Service Centre are standing by to take calls.
Forest fire smoke is a complex and dynamic mixture of gases and very small particles that can irritate the respiratory system and cause systemic inflammation. This will be an ongoing concern as air quality in affected areas may be variable for days or weeks.
Advice to minimize health effects:
- If you have a chronic condition, have rescue medication on hand at all times and a plan to follow if your rescue medication cannot bring your condition under control.
- Look for indoor environments that might be less smoky, such as shopping malls, community centres and libraries.
- Avoid physical exertion because the amount of smoke you breathe increases as your breathing rate increases.
- Keep hydrated as it helps your body deal with inflammation.
If you are feeling unwell, remember you can call 8-1-1, a free-of-charge provincial health information and advice phone line available in British Columbia. If you or a loved one is experiencing a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.
For more information visit: HealthlinkBC.ca
There are a variety of resources available to help tourism-based businesses prepare for emergencies, gather up-to-date information and help visitors plan their travel. To learn more visit: www.destinationbc.ca.