4.0. Wildfire Detection & Reporting

Jeff Co

Key Information To Report

  • Exact Location: GPS, landmarks, reference points
  • Estimated Size: hectares, metres, (30 X 50m), football fields
  • Smoke Characteristics: colour, drift, density
  • Wind Speed and Direction: estimate speed, wind direction from N
  • Type of Fire/Fire Behaviour: ground/surface/crown or Rank 1,2,3,4…
  • Fuel –what is burning? conifer/deciduous, grass, slash, moss
  • Topography/Terrain level: rough, slope, aspect
  • Access: roads, trails, helicopter
  • Water Sources: pond/lake/creek/pool/hydrant
  • Resources Currently Actioning Fire: personnel/equipment, safety, (incoming A/C)
  • Other Information: weather, (rain/ hot-dry) values at risk, (buildings, log decks) safety hazards, (power lines, haz mat) who/ what caused fire, (witnesses, vehicles) your contact info, (call backs, add’l info)time and date

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Duty To Report A Wildfire

In BC, under section 2 of The Wildfire Act, a person who sees an unattended fire in a forest must report it to a Ministry, (MNRO), Official, a peace officer or a wildfire reporting number:
Telephone: 1-800-663-5555
Toll-free cell: *5555

Duty To Suppress A Wildfire

If you have appropriate training and equipment AND it is safe to do so, you have a duty to assist in taking initial suppression action on a wildfire.

In BC, under section 5 of The Wildfire Act, if a wildfire starts within 1 kilometre of an industrial operation, the industrial operator must take action to suppress the wildfire if practicable.