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Keeping New West safe: Fire and smoking ban in effect in local parks

Fire safety urged in New West parks as British Columbia battles its worst wildfire season
Be safe: The fire department is reminding residents of the need to take fire precautions when they're in local parks.

As British Columbia continues to battle what’s now being called its worst wildfire season on record, New Westminster Fire and Rescue Services is reminding visitors of the need to practise fire safety in local parks.

A fire and smoking ban remains in effect for all New Westminster parks, natural lands and Glenbrook Ravine.

“The current dry conditions of the park, the heat and drought have increased the risk of fire in our parks so the fire ban was implemented to protect our parks and for everyone’s safety,” said deputy fire Chief Brad Davie. “We appreciate everyone’s assistance with this and ask that the public continue to monitor our parks and report any fires or hazards.”

Due to the extremely hot and dry conditions, the City of New Westminster is asking that the following precautions be adhered to in any parks, trails, and natural lands:

  • No smoking or vaping
  • No charcoal or wood burning barbecues (propane barbecues/stoves are permitted)
  • No open fires or flames, including candles or tiki torches
  • No chafing fuels

The city has posted signage to remind park goers of the need to take precautions against starting accidental fires and to be alert to signs of fire. Anyone seeing signs of smoke or fire should report it immediately by calling 911.