During the summer season's drier and warmer temperatures, residents need to take steps that can both reduce and limit the risk of fire. This includes adhering to City bylaws that ban open air burning, littering cigarette butts and smoking in parks. Protect yourself, your family and our community this summer by following these simple tips.
Residents should take precautions against accidental fires and be alert to signs of fire. Report any signs of smoke or fire by calling 9-1-1 immediately.
Wildfires have become more frequent and severe and Coquitlam has a program to establish cleaner air spaces. During BC’s wildfire season, air quality conditions can change quickly and exposure to smoke may affect your health so please visit our Clean Air Spaces webpage for more information and resources on the activation of Clean Air Spaces in Coquitlam.
It's always important to keep an eye on and be aware of the local fire-risk rating as there are a number of changes and impacts to residents when it increases such as barbeque bans in our parks or the relaxation of watering restrictions in areas adjacent to heavily wooded/forested areas such as Mundy Park the northern forested boundary of the city.
The current fire risk is “HIGH”
Coquitlam has many areas where the wilderness and urban development meet. This means that structures and vegetation are sufficiently close together that a wildfire may spread between the trees or vegetation and structures easily.
Coquitlam Fire and Rescue, along with other agencies, have the means to suppress or control structure and wildfires. With cooperation from homeowners in the urban interface areas who reduce fuel and exposure to wildland fires, we can both reduce and limit the risk of fire. Visit the Wildland / Urban Interface Areas page.
Should the fire risk rating increase into the “Extreme” range for three or more consecutive days, certain residential and business properties identified as extreme risk located immediately adjacent to Mundy Park and along the northern forested boundary of the City may be eligible for a relaxation of summertime watering restrictions.
During the “extreme” fire-risk rating time period, Fire/Rescue will encourage occupants of these properties to ensure grass, trees and other vegetation are sufficiently hydrated. Please note, these water-restriction relaxations only apply to specific properties and only after three or more consecutive days where the fire risk danger is in the extreme range.
Outdoor burning and campfires are not permitted in City parks.
Fire/Rescue has Park Event Safety Guidelines to promote fire safety for events held within the City's parks. Please visit this area of the website for information.
When the fire-risk rating has been in the 'extreme' range for more than three consecutive days, the Fire Chief may implement a barbeque ban in the city. Please read on for details for special permit for events and criteria (PDF).
See Permit Application (PDF) here:
Criteria for the issuance of a barbeque permit and/or use of barbeques in permit exempted areas during the time of a barbeque ban, are as follows:
During the time that cooking is taking place; a person with access to a cell phone shall be identified and will be responsible for calling 9-1-1 in the event of a fire emergency. They shall be made aware of the correct response address.
The following park locations have been pre-approved for barbeque use, therefore, do not require an exemption permit: