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3 Things Mountain Bikers in BC Should Know About Wildfire Prevention

Jul 29, 2016
by BC Wildfires  
During British Columbia’s wildfire season, mountain bikers need to stay alert and do their part to keep the backcountry (and themselves) safe from wildfire threats.

British Columbia mountain biking trails

Before you gear up to ride on one of B.C.’s backcountry biking trails this summer, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

1. Know how to report a wildfire -
As a mountain biker, you’re going to be riding into remote areas where few other people go. You may be the first person to notice a wildfire, so you should know how to report one (as you’re obligated to do by law).

B.C.’s wildfire reporting hotline is 1 800 663-5555. If you have a cellphone, call *5555. You can use either number to report a wildfire or any unsafe human activity that you think could cause a wildfire.

More than 1,800 wildfires flare up throughout British Columbia each year, on average. The BC Wildfire Service depends on reports from the public to respond to these fires while they’re still small.

2. Know where wildfires are burning -
It’s dangerous to ride into the backcountry when wildfires are burning nearby. Remote areas with poor access are difficult to evacuate, and escape routes may be cut off by fire or smoke.

The best way to check where wildfires are burning is to visit the BC Wildfire Service website: www.bcwildfire.ca

If there are any particularly dangerous wildfires in your area, this website will help keep you in the loop. There’s also an interactive map that tells you where the fires are and what you need to know about them.

3. Know the fire regulations that are in effect in your area
If you’re planning to go camping in B.C., make sure you’re following B.C.’s fire regulations and obeying any open burning prohibitions or campfire bans that are in place. You can find that info on www.bcwildfire.ca (click on “Fire Bans and Restrictions”).

www.bcwildfire.ca / @bc-wildfires

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3 Comments

  • + 18
 Don't throw your stinky cigarette buts on the ground
  • + 9
 If your planning on building while a ban is effect, think again. A hot chainsaw, your empty bottle of water that was forgotten, a roach could potentially create a fire before you know it. Best to postpone until the weather is more favorable.
  • + 4
 Great post as summer is finally settling in in BC, don't want those trails to close!

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