In the event of a wildfire
If you see the fire Dial 911 and report it!
Do your best and report on:
- Exact location and size (the size of a campfire? a car? a house? A football field?)
- Colour, density and volume of smoke (Is it white? gray/ brown/ black?)
- Wind speed and direction (which way is the smoke blowing?)
- Type of vegetation and spacing (Trees?, Grass?)
- Terrain (steep?, flat?)
- Values at Risk (Homes, structures etc.)
- Access (Main roads? Four wheel drive roads? trails? Where are they? Street names?)
- Resources currently in use (Who's fighting the fire and with what? )
Suppress the fire if small and manageable
Get your "Grab and Go" bag ready to go.
Visit: What is a Grab and Go bag?
Do not turn on your sprinklers if you are on municipal water
Turn-off natural gas and propane
Ensure your property is safe for fire fighters
Keep your radio on and tuned to a local station - listen for reception site location and keep
telephone lines clear
Wait at your home for instructions from emergency personnel
Wait for evacuation instructions
Three evacuation stages:
- Evacuation Alert: must be ready to leave on short notice
- Evacuation Order: must leave the area immediately
- Evacuation Rescind: safe to return home
- Report to the designated reception centre
- If you are driving, drive calmly, with your lights on, to a reception centre- obey traffic directions
- After check-in at the reception centre call your contact person and update them
Arrival at an evacuation reception centre
Check in with Emergency Social Services (ESS) Reception Centre volunteers
ESS provides (usually for 72 hours):
- Food, lodging clothing
- Registration and assists in family reunification
- Basic First Aid
- Emotional Support
- Assist with domestic pet care
- Up-to-date information
- Other services
Plan your next step by contacting family, friends, insurance companies, local non-profit agencies, etc.
Refer to the City's website: www.kamloops.ca and the Emergency Preparedness
website: www.pep.bc.ca for updates.