NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As the weather continues to heat up and the rain shows no signs of emerging anytime soon, the District of North Vancouver has become the latest municipality to tighten restrictions over fire concerns.
Capt. Conrad Breakey with District of North Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services says cooking of any kind inside district parks or trails is now banned. He notes the fire danger rating in his community and across Metro Vancouver is now extreme.
We are now at Extreme Fire Danger. Forest fuels are very dry and the fire risk is serious. New fires can start easily, spread rapidly, and challenge fire suppression efforts. Please be careful and be @BCFireSmart pic.twitter.com/cyfLxmqxEr
— DNV Fire Rescue Services (@DNVFRS) July 27, 2021
“We’re stepping up our park patrols, especially with all the trails and outdoor access we have to the public, and the high usage we have in the summer,” Breakey said.
“Smoking is banned, of course, in district parks and trails,” he added. “But if smoking does occur or there’s any source of ignition of heat, dispose of it properly and make sure that it is absolutely out.”
Breakey says the lack of rain in the forecast is a big concern.
“We certainly are quite dry at the moment, and we expect it to get even worse throughout the summer. We’re just into July right now. We still have August and historically, September is quite dry, as well,” he explained.
The District of North Vancouver has also hired additional park rangers this summer to bolster their fire patrols.