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Help prevent brush fires in Surrey this long weekend

July 30, 2015

The recent spell of hot weather has caused very dry conditions in Surrey, increasing the risk of brush fires. Despite last weekend’s rainfall, the local forests and grasslands remain extremely dry and can easily be set ablaze by discarded cigarettes or other burning objects.

Surrey Firefighters have been called out to extinguish more than 270 brush fires. An indication of how dry this year has been, the 274 brush fires to date are nearly double the total amount of brush fires attended by Surrey Fire Service in all of 2014. If the current trend continues Surrey Fire Service is projecting more than 450 brush fire incidents by the end of this year.

With the BC Day long weekend upon us, Surrey By-law officers will be out patrolling in full force at City parks and green spaces. Persons caught violating the open fire ban will be ticketed and will face a minimum fine of $200 and the potential of prosecution.

“I urge all residents to use extreme caution at this time to prevent fires in our City,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “With the unprecedented dry weather we’ve had this summer it is incumbent that we all play our part to protect our parks and public spaces.”

By following a few simple rules you can enjoy the hot weather and do your part to help prevent fires:

  • Dispose of smoking materials properly and make sure they are completely extinguished.
  • Don't leave barbecues unattended and ensure they are turned off properly after you have finished using them.
  • Explain to children the dangers of playing with and lighting fires.
  • Properly dispose of bottles and broken glass you find outdoors to avoid them magnifying the sun's rays and starting a fire.

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Program information:

Steve Robinson
Assistant Fire Chief
Surrey Fire Service
City of Surrey
604.543.6707
seronbinson@surrey.ca

Jas Rehal
Manager, By-law & Licensing Services
City of Surrey
604.591.4013
jrehal@surrey.ca

Media inquiries:

Oliver Lum
Communications Manager
Office of the Mayor
City of Surrey
604.591.4519
owlum@surrey.ca