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Kamloops Fire Rescue Ask Residents to Remain Vigilant of Dry Conditions

Kamloops Fire Rescue Ask Residents to Remain Vigilant of Dry Conditions

June 25, 2021 at 2:14 pm  Kamloops, Municipal, News

Kamloops, BC – Environment Canada is calling for extreme heat in the region. With this heat event, the risk of interface wildfires increases. Residents are asked to be vigilant and be aware of the dry conditions.

Residents are encouraged to stay on high alert when it comes to the fire risk in our area. Be sure to fully extinguish cigarettes and discard them in an appropriate manner—if you smoke in your vehicle, consider using an empty pop or water bottle to safely place cigarette butts for disposal later.

With the long weekend nearing, residents are also reminded that fireworks or pyrotechnical devices cannot be used without an appropriate permit, as per Fire Prevention Bylaw No. 10-37. Use extreme caution if you use welding/grinding equipment and other items that cause sparks, such as bear bangers, which can start fires.

If you see a fire within city limits, dial 911 and report it. Outside of city limits, call 911 or *5555 from a cell phone. When reporting, the following information is key to first responders:

  • exact location and size (the size of a campfire, a car, a house, a football field, etc.)
  • colour, density, and volume of smoke (white, gray, brown, black)
  • wind speed and direction (which way the smoke blowing)
  • type of vegetation and spacing (in trees, grass, etc.)
  • terrain (steep, flat, etc.)
  • valuables at risk (near homes, structures, etc.)
  • access (near a main road or on a trail, street names, etc.)
  • resources currently in use (someone already fighting the fire and with what)

KFR and the City of Kamloops work hard to keep our city safe. We ask residents to remain vigilant and be prepared. For information on emergency preparedness, please visit Kamloops.ca/EmergencyProgram.

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