2015

Jul 10, 2015 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Residents Urged to Remain Vigilant with Dry Conditions

by Kevin Henkelman |

COQUITLAM, BC, July 10, 2015 – Despite the cooler weather and possible rain in the forecast, Coquitlam Fire / Rescue is reminding residents that the risk of fire is unlikely to diminish.

Smoking and open burning is always banned in all Coquitlam parks. However, Coquitlam is also banning the use of charcoal or briquette BBQs in parks. This may be elevated to include all BBQs if the current conditions continue.

Coquitlam Fire / Rescue has stepped up patrols of local parks, including evening patrols of parks and trails known for bonfires and other activities that may increase fire risk. Parks staff and Bylaws will also be increasing their presence. 

Additionally, Coquitlam Fire / Rescue is asking all residents to help keep our parks and public spaces safe and enjoyable by exercising caution and reporting offenders.

To report people smoking, burning or using charcoal or briquette BBQs, please contact Bylaws at 604-927-7387 or 604-927-3085 or bylaw_enforcement@coquitlam.ca.

To report a fire, please call 9-1-1.

Additionally, while Stage 2 watering restrictions remain in effect, due to the concurrent number of days at the “Extreme” fire risk rating, residents and businesses at eligible addresses only may follow the relaxed watering schedule to help mitigate the risk of urban interface fires.

For information on the fire risk rating, visit www.coquitlam.ca/firerating. For information on the current watering restrictions, visit www.coquitlam.ca/H2O.

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Media contact:
Wade Pierlot
Fire Chief
604-927-6401