Interface fires occur when wildfires cross from forested areas into urban centres. UBC consists of more than 400 hectares (990 acres) of public realm wrapped in 800 hectares (2,000 acres) of dense forest known as Pacific Spirit Regional Park. A major interface fire could happen here.
What is the wildfire risk at UBC?
- Nearly half of all wildfires each year are caused by human activity, so the emphasis is on public education and enforcement.
- Know the fire risk level. Prominent signs are posted at the all road entrances and exits from UBC.
How can you prevent a wildfire at UBC?
- Mind your sources ignition: cigarettes, lighters, matches, power equipment, BBQs, campfires, etc. Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.
- Concerned about building or landscape sources of ignition—clogged eaves, deadwood on nearby trees, forest litter—too close to your space at UBC? Put in a service request with Building Operations or contact the Service Centre at 604.822.2173 to report fire hazards or safety risks.
- Concerned about someone’s behaviour causing a fire risk? Call Campus Security at 604-822-2222 or 911.
What to do if you see a wildfire?
- Get to a safe distance from the fire, make that your priority.
- No matter the size of the fire, call 911 and report the fire. That will get trained professionals on site.