Forest fire

As the North Shore's population continues to grow and more people build homes in or near forested areas, the risk of forest fires increases.

A wind-driven forest fire, out of control and moving fast, could quickly spread from the forest to threaten your family's safety, home, and property.

How to prepare

Prepare an emergency plan and make an emergency kit so you can survive on your own for a minimum of 72 hours, and know what to do if you are evacuated. 

What to do during a wildfire

  • If you see a wildfire approaching your home, call 9-1-1 immediately.
  • Park cars facing out, windows up, unlocked. Keep car keys with you.
  • Monitor local media and be prepared to evacuate at any time.

If you are ordered to evacuate

Do the following only if it is safe and there is time.

Outside the home

  • Move flammable and combustible materials, such as lawn furniture, away from the home.
  • Seal unscreened attic and foundation vents with pre-cut plywood.
  • Turn off propane tanks, barbecue included. Move items into garage or away from house into an open area where firefighters can see them.
  • Connect garden hoses to outside faucets.

Inside the home

  • Close windows, vents, doors, venetian blinds, or non-combustible window coverings. Leave doors unlocked.
  • Remove lightweight curtains, close fire resistant blinds.
  • Move flammable furniture away from windows and sliding glass doors.
  • Leave interior and exterior lights on to help firefighters locate your home if it's dark or smoky.
  • Turn off natural gas.

When you return, contact FortisBC to arrange for natural gas to be turned back on if you turned it off.

Get notified of a forest fire

Learn more forest fires