2014

Jul 10, 2014 Return to Headlines

Fire Risk Rating on the Rise

by GS GS |

COQUITLAM, BC, July 10, 2014 – The hot and dry weather in the Lower Mainland has caused the fire risk rating to increase as forests and natural areas dry out and the risk of surface fires escalates.

Coquitlam Fire/Rescue urges everyone using our forests and natural areas to be cautious and vigilant and to report any suspicious or potential fire incidents. If you discover smoke or flames in forested areas, call 9-1-1.

On the evening of July 8, 2014 Coquitlam Fire/Rescue attended a cedar stump fire that was started by a small illegal campfire. Thankfully someone reported the incident and the fire crews were able to contain the blaze. But this is an example of how quickly a fire situation can get out of control. 

Coquitlam residents and visitors are reminded of the following fire safety measures:

  • Outdoor fires are not permitted in residential backyards, City parks or outdoor areas in Coquitlam.
  • All City of Coquitlam parks are non-smoking.

Visit www.coquitlam.ca/summersafety to monitor the current fire risk rating and find tips and safety information that can make a difference in reducing the risk of fires in the hot summer weather, in particular property owners in wildland/urban interface areas.

If you need more information, please contact Coquitlam Fire/Rescue Department at  604-927-6400 (24/7).

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Media contact:
Wade Pierlot
Fire Chief, Coquitlam Fire/Rescue
P: 604-927-6401