Business Continuity and COVID-19
April 7, 2020
The COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation remains dynamic in British Columbia and elsewhere around the world, and we recognize this causes concern for many of our partners and stakeholders. The BC Wildfire Service continues to prepare for the 2020 freshet and wildfire seasons and is adapting in response to changing conditions.
Typically, human-caused fires are more common in the spring due to field and debris burning. By enacting an earlier provincewide burning prohibition, the BC Wildfire Service anticipates a reduction in human-caused wildfires. This will minimize the need to deploy staff, which help to reduce their risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Office closures and contact information
To help limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and well-being of employees and the public, reception areas and in-person services at all BC Wildfire Service office locations are temporarily closed. We are also cancelling all face-to-face meetings.
During these closures, the BC Wildfire Service can be reached in the following ways:
- Report a wildfire: 1 800 663-5555 or *5555 on a cell
- Fire information line: 1 888 336-7378
- Burn registration line: 1 888 797-1717
- Twitter: @BCGovFireInfo
- Facebook: BC Wildfire Service
- Phone: Coastal Fire Centre (Parksville): 250 951-4209
Category 2 and 3 Prohibitions
BC Wildfire Service