Real-Time Emergency Updates

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 16:30

Planning and preparing for pandemics

A pandemic is a disease that spreads worldwide, affecting a large number of people.When a new influenza virus emerges, a flu pandemic can occur. Because the virus is new, people have little to no immunity against it and the virus can spread quickly from person-to-person.

A new coronavirus is currently causing respiratory infections, mostly in Hubei Province, China. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause respiratory illnesses in humans. Symptoms of coronavirus may include fever, headache, coughing, sore throat, and difficulty breathing. BC has one confirmed case of the novel coronavirus; however the risk to British Columbians continues to be low.

All types of flu, pandemic or not, spread from person to person by droplets produced by coughing or sneezing. You can also become infected by touching an object that has been contaminated and then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth without first washing your hands.


Friday, August 10, 2018 - 18:15

Whyte Lake Fire Update

Fire is under control but still still actively burning

The fire near Whyte Lake is now under control, yet there is still active burning.

All area trails remain closed. Crews are still actively working and we ask that everyone avoid the area until further notice. 

Further updates will be provided when they are available. Thank you for your cooperation.

Please be fire safe this weekend and remember that all barbecues (including briquette and gas-fuelled barbecues), gas-fired stoves and hot plates, and outdoor ovens and burners are prohibited to reduce the risk of accidental fire in the District of North Vancouver, District of West Vancouver and City of North Vancouver.

Smoking and open fires are banned in all parks and beaches across the North Shore as well.

How to report a wildfire:

  • Be our eyes and ears and report unusual activity that is not fire safe.

  • If you see smoke, flames or an open fire violation, call BC Wildfire Service at 1-800-663-5555 or dial *5555 from your mobile device. 


Friday, August 10, 2018 - 10:00

Whyte Lake Wildfire Update

Ongoing fire suppression efforts have been effective

The wildfire near Whyte Lake is now 50 per cent contained and is responding well to suppression efforts. Firefighters are making progress by air and ground efforts. 

Crews continue fighting the fire from the air using helicopters and accessing water from Whyte Lake today.

One northbound lane remained closed on Highway 99 north of Horseshoe Bay for staging of emergency vehicles. Please use caution when passing this area.

All Baden Powell trails and trails in and around Whyte Lake remain closed. Please avoid the area until further notice.

Further updates will be provided as available. Thank you for your cooperation.


If you see smoke, flames or an open fire violation, call BC Wildfire Service at 1-800-663-5555 or dial *5555 from your mobile device.