Emergency Info

To view more specific information and resources, click on the linked pages:
To Report Emergencies:

For all life-threatening emergencies, call 9-1-1. Here are the numbers to call for other emergencies in the East Kootenay:

  • FOREST OR WILDLAND FIRES: Cellphone: *5555 or 1-800-663-5555
  • FLOODING: 250-489-9677
  • OTHER (spills, landslides, avalanche): 9-1-1
Current Updates/Information:

There are NO Evacuation Alerts or Orders in effect in relation to local wildfires at this time.

Fire Bans / Restrictions

Updated: September 5, 2023 4:45pm

The following burning restrictions are in effect for the Southeast Fire Centre (which includes the RDEK) by the BC Wildfire Service:

Campfires are ALLOWED in the rural East Kootenay at this time.

  • They must be no larger than 0.5m x 0.5m in size.
  • Anyone lighting a campfire must maintain a fireguard by removing flammable debris from around the campfire area, attend the fire at all times, and must have a hand tool or at least 8 litres of water available nearby to properly extinguish the campfire. 
  • Please ensure all campfires are FULLY extinguished and cool to the touch before leaving them.

Category 2 and 3 Fires are BANNED in the rural East Kootenay at this time. This includes:

  • Any fire larger than 0.5 metres wide by 0.5 metres high
  • Fireworks
  • Burn barrels and burn cages
  • Sky lanterns
  • Air curtain burners
  • Binary exploding targets

For more information and the latest on bans/restrictions in the Southeast Fire Centre (which includes the East Kootenay), please visit the BC Wildfire Service Bans and Restrictions page HERE.

If you live in an incorporated municipality, it's a good idea to also check with your municipal office / City Hall to ensure they don't have any additional burning bylaws that apply.

For in-depth personal preparedness information, click here.

Last edited: Tue, September 05, 2023 - 5:39:09