Many of us live in areas of our city that border on greenbelts, parks, raw land, or are entirely surrounded by large tracts of forested land. The possibility of a fire starting in these areas is always present, especially during the hot summer months. Port Moody Fire Rescue wants to make you aware of what you can do to minimize the potential of fire spreading to your residence and outbuildings.
- Try to maintain a 10m (30ft) clear zone between your structure and the forested area.
- Remove dead or highly flammable trees first, e.g.: alpine and grand fir, western red cedar, mountain or western hemlock and Englemann spruce.
- Remove trees and brush growing under taller trees, they act as ladder fuels to tree and rooftop.
- Prune trees - remove branches within 2.5m (8ft) of the ground and remove branches overhanging the roof.
- Remove any flammable materials against or adjacent to your home or outbuildings.
- Keep firewood and debris piles at least 10m (30ft) away from all buildings.
- Cut and remove tall dead grasses from around all structures.
- Regularly perform a general cleanup around your residence and outbuildings removing logs, branches, twigs, pine and spruce needles, leaves, etc.
- Keep all roofs, gutters and undersides of decks clear of combustible materials, e.g.: twigs, branches, pine and spruce needles, leaves, etc.
- Maintain a short green lawn around the perimeter of your residence.
Have in readiness a rake, shovel, ladder, water supply and adequate garden hose to reach around and to the roof of your residence and outbuildings.
- Be prepared to evacuate if it becomes necessary by gathering essential items and making them available for immediate access e.g.: medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers, immediate care needs, valuable keepsakes, photographs, etc.
- In the event of a forest fire call 9-1-1
For further information or if you have any questions or concerns, contact the Fire Prevention Branch of the Port Moody Fire-Rescue Department at 604.469.4529.