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Be FireSmart: Prevent the spread of wildfires

Jul 2, 2021, 16:27 PM

With the hot and dry conditions leading to many uncontrolled wildfires across BC, please be vigilant at ensuring your actions do not cause one.

  • A fire ban is in effect - no camp fires allowed. In addition, sky lanterns, tiki torches, fireworks, firecrackers, chimineas, incinerators, burning barrels, burning cages and binary exploding targets used for target practice and any stove or portable campfire devices that have not been CSA or ULC approved are not permitted.  
  • Do not throw smoking materials out the car window (even ashing out the window can create a spark that can start a wildfire).
  • Smoking is not permitted in Nanaimo's parks or on Nanaimo's trails.
  • If you are out recreating with an ATV or dirt bike in the back country, please make sure to stick to well-worn trails and carry fire suppression equipment with you.
  • Make sure to FireSmart your property. Visit to find out how you can prepare your home.
  • Prepare a wildfire evacuation plan.  
  • If you see a fire, call 911.

"The hot, dry weather we have been experiencing have created conditions that are prime for wildfires. We are already seeing out of control fires around BC with devastating outcomes. Nanaimo firefighters have been responding to a number small fires, which to this point have been extinguished. Residents are reminded that just one spark can ignite a wildfire. Please take all precautions to make sure everyone has a safe summer."
- Tim Doyle, Fire Chief

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