The wildfire that broke out at Minnekhada Regional Park on Saturday, October 1 is now being held at 14 hectares and continues to be classified as under control.
Minnekhada Regional Park remains closed as firefighting efforts are ongoing, however, as of today, October 13, Oliver Road at the south end of the park has partially reopened for pedestrians and cyclists.
In the coming months, Regional Parks staff will develop a restoration plan for the affected area. The Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Foundation, in partnership with the Minnekhada Park Association, has launched an emergency fundraising appeal to support restoration efforts.
It is exceptionally dry outside for this time of year, and the region is under a high-to-extreme fire danger rating heading into the long weekend. This event serves as a reminder that even a small heat source can spark a major fire – be vigilant around all ignition sources and report any fires to 9-1-1.
Wildfire smoke in the region may be a concern for some residents. Metro Vancouver monitors air quality in the region and posts current readings on AirMap. Check the BC Government website for advice on how to minimize the health effects of wildfire smoke.
City of Coquitlam Wildfire Response and Preparedness
Coquitlam has developed a comprehensive plan to protect public and private properties from fires in forests, parks and green spaces. Building on Coquitlam’s existing wildfire prevention work, the Community Wildfire Resiliency Plan outlines dozens of actions aimed at reducing wildfire risk and improving the City’s response and recovery if fires do occur.
It's always important to keep an eye on and be aware of the local fire-risk rating as there are a number of changes and impacts to residents when it increases such as barbeque bans in our parks or the relaxation of watering restrictions in areas adjacent to heavily wooded/forested areas such as Mundy Park the northern forested boundary of the city.