Fire Safety

Keeping our Community Safe

To protect the community’s safety, Coquitlam’s Fire/Rescue and Bylaw Enforcement teams actively enforce the smoking and fire prevention bylaws in City parks and trails.

Fines for smoking, vaping and outdoor fires are $150 – rising to $500 during the summer. Littering of cigarette butts can also result in a $150 fine.

The zero-tolerance approach has become necessary in recent years, as extended dry spells – leading to long periods of extreme fire risk – have become common.

Discarded cigarettes are one of the leading causes of fires in parks, forests and grassy areas.

Residents and visitors are urged to do their part to protect parks and neighbourhoods by:

  • Following City bylaws,
  • Avoiding activities that could cause fires,
  • Being aware of fire danger ratings and following related restrictions, and
  • Calling 9-1-1 immediately if they see or smell smoke.

Click here for information about the Smoking Bylaw or the Fire Prevention and Life Safety Bylaw.

Fire Risk Rating

The hot and dry weather the Lower Mainland has been experiencing lately has caused the fire risk rating to increase.

Should the fire risk rating increase into the “Extreme” range for three or more consecutive days, certain residential and business properties located immediately adjacent to Mundy Park and along the northern forested boundary of the City may be eligible for a relaxation of summertime watering restrictions.

Moderate Fire Risk

 The current fire risk is “MODERATE”

Eligible Residential & Business Properties List for relaxation of the City's watering regulations.

Should the City experience an extended period of “Extreme” fire risk, the Fire/Rescue Department will be encouraging occupants of these properties to ensure grass, trees and other vegetation are sufficiently hydrated.

Wildland/Urban Interface Areas

Coquitlam has many areas where the wilderness and urban development meet. This means that structures and vegetation are sufficiently close together that a wildfire may spread between trees or vegetation and structures easily.

Coquitlam Fire/Rescue, along with other agencies, have the means to suppress or control structure and wildfires. With cooperation from homeowners in the urban interface areas who reduce fuel and exposure to wildland fires, we can both reduce and limit the risk of fire. Please read these recommendations about wildland/urban interface areas so you can reduce the risks of damage and increase the chance that your home will survive a wildfire.

Revised Watering Regulations for Properties & Businesses Identified as Extreme Risk

Please be aware that these relaxations only apply to specific properties and only after 3 or more consecutive days where the fire risk danger is in the extreme range. Otherwise normal watering regulations still apply. 

Residential Properties - Lawn and garden watering is allowed:

EVEN numbered addresses 
• Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, 4 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

ODD numbered addresses 
• Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, 4 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Non-residential Properties - Lawn and garden watering is allowed:

EVEN numbered addresses 
• Monday and Wednesday, 1 a.m. - 6 a.m.
• Friday 4 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

ODD numbered addresses 
• Tuesday and Thursday, 1 a.m. - 6 a.m.
• Friday 4:00 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

If you need more information, please contact one of the following:

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Fire Prevention Division
1300 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, B.C. V3B 7S4