**** Info via Environment Canada
Forest Fires in Canada
Currently, continued hot, dry and windy conditions in parts of eastern Canada, the southern Prairies, and the southern interior of British Columbia have intensified the threat of wildfires.
If you see a fire approaching your home or community, report it immediately by dialing 9-1-1 or your local emergency number. You can also report a fire by calling your local Wildfire Service report line.
If it is safe, and if there is time before a fire draws close, Public Safety Canada recommends taking the following action:
- Close all windows and doors in the house.
- Cover vents, windows, and other openings of the house with duct tape and/or precut pieces of plywood.
- Park your car, positioned forward out of the driveway. Keep car windows closed and have your valuables already packed in your car.
- Turn off propane or natural gas. Move any propane barbeques into the open, away from structures.
- Turn on the lights in the house, porch, garage and yard.
- Inside the house, move combustible materials such as light curtains and furniture away from the windows.
- Place a ladder to the roof in the front of the house.
- Put lawn sprinklers on the roof of the house and turn on the water.
- Move all combustibles away from the house, including firewood and lawn furniture.
- Evacuate your family and pets to a safe location.
- Stay tuned to your local radio station for up-to-date information on the fire and possible road closures.
The Air Quality Health Index provides information on the impacts wildfire smoke may have on our health. Forecasts are issued twice a day and current air quality conditions are updated hourly.
The Wildfire Smoke Forecast Maps help predict how smoke from the wildfires is expected to travel.