Kamloops Fire Rescue Urges Extreme Caution

Release date: 
July 20, 2017

Kamloops, BC - The Province of BC is in a state of emergency due to the wildfire situation. The fire danger risk is rated as Extreme in many parts of the province. The City of Kamloops and Kamloops Fire Rescue urges everyone to use utmost vigilance with cigarettes and smoking materials. There is strong reason to believe that a discarded cigarette started a grass fire in the Rose Hill neighbourhood yesterday, which could have had devastating consequences. As the photos illustrate, homes were very close to the fire location.  

Kamloops Fire and Rescue needs your help to keep our city safe. Smokers are asked to use ashtrays or carry other receptacles to dispose of their cigarettes. Anyone caught discarding cigarettes improperly is subject to a minimum $500 fine. The public is asked to call 911 immediately if a fire is suspected.

The public is reminded that closed areas will not reopen until the fire danger rating decreases significantly. This will require several days of significant rainfall and lower temperatures. The City thanks  residents for their continued cooperation during this time of extreme fire danger.

Please share these messages widely.

For further information:
Steve Robinson
Assistant Fire Chief
Kamloops Fire Rescue
(250) 819-1861