The BC Wildfire Service employs skilled personnel to detect, monitor and respond to an average of 1,600 wildfires per year.
All about wildfire
Wildfires are unplanned and dynamic. They change over time based on the weather, available fuel and the landscape. BC Wildfire Service monitors fire behaviour and uses expert advice to determine how to respond to a wildfire.
How wildfire is managed
Wildfire management is a year-round activity. The basic principle of wildfire management and response is to remove heat, fuel or oxygen. Strategies and tactics vary based on the size, intensity and location of a fire.
Wildfire personnel and response tools
The BC Wildfire Service relies on thousands of people each year to respond to wildfires. This includes firefighters, air crew, equipment operators and support staff.
Wildfires in B.C. are caused by one of two things: lightning or human activity.
How wildfire is detected
Detecting wildfires early is critical for success. BC Wildfire Service detects wildfires using a variety of traditional and innovative methods, such as air patrols and infrared scanning.
The cause of a wildfire is determined by professional investigators. Investigators may work together across several agencies.
How you can help
You are the biggest asset to BC Wildfire Service. By reporting wildfires, using FireSmart techniques and following directions from authorities, you can help wildfire prevention and response in B.C.