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Posted on: September 9, 2020

Coquitlam Residents Urged Caution Due to High Fire Risk

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COQUITLAM, B.C., Sept. 9, 2020 – Coquitlam residents are urged to take precautions as the city’s fire-risk rating reaches dangerously high levels during this extended stretch of hot weather.

Coquitlam Fire/Rescue is asking for cooperation from residents to adhere to City bylaws that ban outdoor burning, smoking in parks and littering cigarette butts. Anyone caught smoking will face a $500 fine. Littering of cigarette butts can also result in a fine of $150.

Coquitlam Fire/Rescue have been called out to extinguish wildfires the last two evenings – one caused by an abandoned camp fire and the most recent a result of downed power lines due to high winds. 

What else can you do to prevent a fire?

  • Do not have any open fires or conduct outdoor burning.
  • Relocate flammable debris or firewood at least 10 metres away from your home.
  • Be aware when mowing your lawn that if the blade comes into contact with a rock, it can cause a spark that may ignite a fire.
  • Ensure your vehicle’s exhaust does not emit onto a dry lawn.
  • Reduce the amount of fuel present around your homes; prune your shrubs, remove dead and dry vegetation and tree limbs 2-3 metres from the ground.
  • Break up continuous vegetation and space so there is no continuous canopy or line of vegetation leading to your home.
  • Keep the roof and gutters clear of dead needles; prune branches that hang over the roof.
  • For grilling safety tips and more details on all seasonal fire safety, visit www.coquitlam.ca/firesafety.
  • Report any signs of smoke or fire by calling 9-1-1 immediately.

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