In Whistler, many of our homes and businesses are located in the interface in or near the forest. Sometimes interface fires can threaten homes, businesses and infrastructure.
You can help keep your family safe by preparing in advance for a wildfire and a potential evacuation alert or order. Develop a household plan, put together your emergency kit, and know what to do if you are asked to evacuate.
Before a wildfire
If your home is surrounded by brush or forest, prepare your home and family for potential wildfires. Learn how to be FireSmart.
Other ways to get prepared
- Keep a good sprinkler in an accessible location.
- Learn fire safety techniques and teach them to members of your family.
- Practice fire drills with your family on a regular basis.
- Stock first-aid supplies to treat any injuries until help arrives.
- Have an escape plan, so that all members of the family know how to get out of the house quickly and safely.
- Make sure all family members are familiar with the technique of "STOP, DROP, AND ROLL" in case of clothes catching on fire.
- Make sure every floor and all sleeping areas have smoke detectors.
During a wildfire
If you see a fire approaching your home or neighbourhood, report it immediately by dialing 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on your cell.
- Monitor whistler.ca for updates or tune to local radio station 102.1 Mountain FM for information on the fire and possible road closures.
- Be prepared to evacuate all family and pets at any time. Follow evacuation orders.
- Keep all doors and windows closed in your home.
- Move all combustibles away from the house, including firewood and lawn furniture.
- Turn off propane or natural gas. Move any propane barbeques into the open, away from structures.
- If sufficient water is available, turn sprinklers on to wet the roof and any waterproof valuables.
After a Wildfire
- Check with fire or municipal officials before attempting to return to your home.
- Use caution when re-entering a burned area–flare-ups can occur.
- Check grounds for hot spots, smoldering stumps and vegetation.
- Check the roof and exterior areas for sparks and embers.
- Check the attic and throughout the house for hidden burning sparks and embers.
- If burning outside your home was extensive, watch for soil erosion.
- Consult with Whistler Fire Rescue Service to restore and replant your land with fire safe landscaping.