The natural splendour of British Columbia draws visitors from all around the world. While BC is a safe and enjoyable destination, it is important to be stay informed while you are here. Using the following resources to keep up-to-date on ongoing events during your trip will go a long way towards ensuring a safe and enjoyable trip.
Emergency Info BC is the provincial source for information on ongoing emergency situations. Community specific questions should be directed to the involved region’s local government.
DriveBC is a provincial traveller information system that provides information on road conditions and closures, inland ferries and trip planning.
Information line: -1-800-550-4997
Wildfires are a seasonal event in many of British Columbia’s ecosystems. Wildfires can refresh the ecosystem and make way for new growth, but can also pose a potential hazard to people and infrastructure. The British Columbia Wildfire Service manages wildfire response throughout the province; they also provide information on current wildfire events. To see information on current wildfires, fire danger ratings and air quality, visit the BC Wildfire Service website.
Fire Information line: 1-888-336-7378
If you see a beginning wildfire, please report it to the Wildfire Service at 1-800-663-5555
When long periods of hot and dry weather conditions make wildfires more likely, it is sometimes necessary to restrict the use of open fires (such as campfires or private land controlled burning). These bans or restrictions affect all public and private land, such as crown land, wilderness areas and campgrounds.
Evacuation Alerts and Orders
When hazards arise that may threaten public safety, it is sometimes necessary to issue evacuation notices. In British Columbia, these notifications come in two forms: alerts and orders.
Evacuation alerts are issued when there is a hazard that may develop into a threat to public safety. They are an advance warning of a potential evacuation. You are not required to evacuate an area under an evacuation alert, but you should be ready to if the alert gets upgraded. Make sure you know where everyone in your party is and have a plan to evacuate if needed.
Evacuation Orders are issued when there is an imminent threat to public safety. When an evacuation order is issued for an area, everyone in that area must leave immediately. Evacuation orders are always issued with a defined evacuation route; you should take this route if possible. If you are unable to evacuate an area that has been placed under an evacuation order, please contact the local authority that issued it for assistance.
Additional Information Sources
- Staff at these centres can help you with trip planning information, alternative routes and reservation changes.
- BC Parks offers information regarding Provincial campgrounds and park closures.
- Recreation Sites and Trails offers alerts, closures and warnings regarding BC’s rustic campsites and recreational trails.