The BC Wildfire Service is a leader in wildfire management, known for skilled personnel and a focus on safety. The province of British Columbia faces an average of 1,600 wildfires each year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.