Emergency Info

This page will be updated with general emergency information updates and links that may be helpful. You can click on the links below to see the latest information.

Emergency Numbers:

To report a wildland fire, flood, hazardous materials situation (or other large scale emergency), these are the numbers to call:

  • Wide-Scale Flooding: 1-800-663-3456
  • Wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation: 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on a cellphone
  • Other (spills, airplane crashes, landslides, avalanche): 1-800-663-3456

Flood Preparedness:

With the low elevation melt well underway, and an above seasonal average snow pack, it is important for people that live in flood prone areas or near waterways to be taking steps to ensure they are ready and prepared should we experience spring flooding this year.  The newsletter below provides some helpful information with regard to flood preparedness and I encourage everyone to take a read.  If you live in the rural area of the RDEK, you may have noticed this newsletter in your mailbox as well.

General Wildland Fire Information:

With the onset of the melt, many people (particularly in the rural areas of the RDEK) burn grass or woody debris that has piled up over winter.  It is REALLY important to remember that even though the snow has just melted, the fine fuels can be very dry and burning should only be done when it is permitted and with the proper safety measures in place.

Fire bans and restrictions are set by the Province and the BC Wildfire Service keeps an updated page on its website listing all bans and restrictions:

The RDEK is in the Southeast Fire Centre. If you live in the rural parts of the RDEK, these are the restrictions you must abide by.  If you live in an incorporated municipality, you should contact your municipality to confirm whether they have any additional municipal bylaws in effect.  If you want more information on burning regulations, contact the Southeast Fire Centre at 250-365-4040.

There are currently no open fire prohibitions in effect for the Southeast Fire Centre. However, anyone wishing to light a Category 3 open fire must obtain a burn registration number ahead of time by calling 1-888-797-1717 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

If you are unsure about the different fire categories, this poster and brochure from the BC Wildfire Service may be helpful:

  • Fire Classifications Poster - overview of Open Fire Regulations in BC, including definitions of Category 2, 3 Fires and Campfires
  • Backyard and Industrial Burning -  This brochure is focused on Category 2 fires, but with really good/important information on safety and our personal responsibilities when lighting fires

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Last edited: Mon, April 23, 2018 - 5:48:59