Fire Danger rating "high" in the District of Squamish

The District of Squamish is currently in day two of a High Fire Danger rating. The high rating is expected to continue throughout the rest of this week.

During a High Fire Danger rating, forest fuels are very dry and the fire risk is serious. New fires may start easily, burn vigorously, and challenge fire suppression efforts. Extreme caution must be used in any forest activities. Open burning and industrial activities may be restricted. 

During periods of heightened fire hazards, certain work activities within the wild land interface may contribute to the creation of fires.  In order to reduce this risk, Squamish Fire Rescue has the ability to ban or restrict certain types of work along the periphery of the interface during periods of “High” or “Extreme” forest fire danger class ratings, as defined by BC Wildfire Management Branch. 

After three consecutive days of a High rating, high-risk activity by any business, contractor, facility or their operations within the interface (within 10 metres of the interface) shall cease at 13:00 hours and a fire watch established each day for a period of two hours (13:00 - 15:00 hours).

Thursday, June 13 is forecasted to be day three of a High rating where the restrictions will apply.

A campfire ban has not been implemented at this time. 

For more information about the danger class ratings and examples of high-risk activities please visit our Fire Danger Rating and High Risk Activity Regulations page. 

June 12, 2019

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  • Ron Preston Jun 13, 2019

    All these restrictions and more regarding the prevention of forest fire are great and need to be commended and adhered to by all.
    But then I wonder who is monitoring these restrictions as I see brush cuttings being left by the sides of the highway which dries and become great tinder for fire. Case in point: (1) the north side of the southern hill out of Britannia Beach has a multitude of tinder dry brush cuttings that have been there for months ( please don’t throw a cig butt there. (2) yesterday afternoon I saw a brush cutting crew north of Squamish. Brush cutting should not be done during a fire restriction period.

  • Glenn Stainton Jun 13, 2019

    I would really like to see the facts on how many interface fires have been started due to a backyard fire pit campfire that is following the district guidelines. What the ban needs to focus on is the illegal camping along the stawamus river and not on banning backyard family campfires, this is where you interface fire will start. The district has the capacity in the ban to make this distinction and should do so

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