The City of Campbell River Fire Department is reminding residents to make fire safety a top priority while enjoying the outdoors, and to follow all local and provincial open burning regulations. The fire danger rating in Campbell River and surrounding area is high and the fire risk is serious.
“Please use extreme caution with fires during dry summer conditions,” says Fire Chief Dan Verdun. “With little to no rain in the forecast and active fires burning in the area, a total fire ban is likely soon. We will continue to closely monitor the situation.”
The BC Wildfire Service advises that they are responding to the Newcastle Creek Fire located approximately 5 km west of Sayward. This fire was reported in the early afternoon on May 29, 2023 and is currently estimated to be 90 hectares in size and the status remains out of control. 55 firefighters were assigned to this fire on May 30, supported by three helicopters and water tenders. At this time, the fire is moving in a direction that is parallel to the community of Sayward.
Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for the region. Campbell River is likely to be impacted by smoke for the next two days. Residents are advised to drink lots of water. Those with lung disease, older adults, children, pregnant people and others are encouraged to avoid strenuous outdoor activity.
“According to the BC Wildfire Service, 85% of wildfires this year have been human-caused,” adds Verdun. “Human-caused wildfires are entirely preventable. Properly disposing of smoking materials, and making sure campfires are completely extinguished and cool to the touch before leaving the area, are two of the most important ways you can prevent a serious wildfire.”
Although campfires are currently permitted, the Fire Department may restrict or ban them at any time. Always check local and provincial fire restrictions before lighting any fire. Learn more at campbellriver.ca/current-fire-restrictions.
Please report abandoned fires by calling the Fire Department’s non-emergency line at 250-286-6266. In an emergency, dial 9-1-1.
Learn how to reduce the potential impacts of wildfire on your home. Contact the City’s FireSmart Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to book a free FireSmart Home Assessment.
Contact: Dan Verdun, Fire Chief | 250-286-6266 | email@example.com