Fire Danger Rating - Septemper 5, 2012
The Fire Danger Rating is currently at HIGH. We would like to urge the public and workers to be extra cautious around any wildland fuels. The light fuels such as grass, twigs and the needles from trees are very dry and can easily be ignited. A recent fire near Heritage Woods Senior Secondary School ignited by a welder’s spark quickly raced uphill and threatened structures in the Village of Anmore. Illegal campfires are also a concern in our public parks. These fires even though they may be contained in a rock ring will tend to burn down into the deeper fuels and travel below the surface popping back up hours or days later.
August 20 Update
Fire Danger Rating is expected to remain at HIGH for today and tomorrow. The temperature is lower and relative humidity is higher than the previous few days so we are seeing a bit of relief in our fine surface fuels making it a little more difficult for ignition. Fires that get going still have the potential to challenge containment. We should see a downturn in the danger rating as early as Wednesday when showery weather may arrive.
You can always count on the PNE to put a damper on the fire season. A good soaking should keep the hazard level down for the rest of summer.
Summer fire safety tips from Port Moody Fire - Rescue
During hot, dry weather in Port Moody, our parks and forests may be at an extreme risk of fire. To help lessen this risk, look out for signs of small bush fires in our forests and neighbourhoods.
Call 911 immediately if you see a fire or smell the smoke coming from one.
Here are some other ways that you can help keep small fires from growing into large events that endanger lives and properties:
- Survey homes or complexes, looking for areas of fuel accumulation, including evergreen needles found in roof valleys and in gutters.
- Look for combustible materials stored around the house – on and under patio decks, or piled up against a house.
- Do not plant cedar or juniper hedges planted against a house and since bark mulch is also a fuel, avoid spreading it too close to a home.
- Smokers enjoying our parks and trails should refrain from dropping cigarette butts on the ground.
- Use BBQs, do not light small cooking fires, even in your own yards.
- Only use approved disposal units for used charcoal briquettes, or wait until they are cold before throwing them out.
- Do not start open fires in our parks or public spaces, unless you have a permit, and only if the weather conditions allow for it.
Port Moody Fire - Rescue patrols our forested areas and is committed to keeping our residents as safe as possible at all times. For more information on how you can help us call 604.469.7795.
Last updated: 05/09/2012 10:53:42 AM