Whistler’s Fire Danger Rating has been High since Monday, May 6 and is forecast to increase to Extreme this weekend. With such dry conditions in place, the Resort Municipality of Whistler is reminding all residents and visitors that no fires are allowed anywhere within Whistler. All fires should be reported immediately to 9-1-1.
Fires are banned in Whistler when the Fire Danger Rating reaches High or Extreme. Outside of Whistler’s municipal boundaries, the BC Wildfire Service manages campfire bans and restrictions.
Residents are encouraged to take steps to FireSmart their properties to increase our community’s preparedness for wildfires. Visit www.whistler.ca/firesmart to schedule a property assessment.
Wildfires are a real risk to Whistler. Residents can prepare for wildfires this summer by having an emergency plan in place for themselves and their household. Information about preparing for an evacuation can be found at www.whistler.ca/evacuate.
Whistler’s Multimodal Evacuation Plan will be presented at the regular meeting of Council on Tuesday, May 14 at 5:30 p.m. at Maury Young Arts Centre at 4335 Blackcomb Way. The public are always welcome and encouraged to attend. The full plan will be available in the Council package that is posted online on May 11 at www.whistler.ca/council.
The Resort Municipality of Whistler’s website at www.whistler.ca is the best source of information during an emergency. If there were to be an evacuation, www.whistler.ca will have the most accurate and current information.
For more information about emergency preparedness in Whistler visit www.whistler.ca/emergency