Extreme fire risk in Coquitlam

The City of Coquitlam has advised us that the lack of rainfall in May and June have created severe dryness in our parks, undeveloped lands, and on private property where vegetation is extremely dry. The public is asked to:

  • not start any fires,
  • not smoke in any of our parks, or in locations where a spark could ignite vegetation,
  • avoid cutting “high grass” lawns or property where the heat or a spark from a lawnmower or weed eater could ignite a fire.

Smokers, please don’t smoke in forested or park areas, or flick butts out of open windows. Smouldering cigarettes are a very common source of enormous fire damage and loss during this season.

Mayor Stewart also advises that they are waiving watering restrictions for certain homes on the perimeter of Mundy Park and other forested areas; residents affected have been notified. But for all residents keep dry foliage cut back to prevent fire spread in the event of a neighbour’s home or a neighbouring forest area suffers a fire. When it is this dry, we all need to be a little more vigilant.