Mission, BC – By order of the Mission Fire Chief, Tree Farm Licence 26 is closed to all access due to extreme fire hazard risk as of Tuesday, July 27, 2021, until further notice.
Due to the excessive period of hot and dry weather the fire danger rating is EXTREME, this means the forest fuels are very dry, and the fire risk is very serious, with new fires easily started and likely to spread rapidly. Therefore, as a preventative measure, the Fire Chief has ordered that the Tree Farm Licence 26, which borders Mission to be closed to all access except for campers in registered sites.
“Mission is a very unique community as it is surrounded by TFL26”, said Fire Chief Mark Goddard. “If a fire occurs up there it puts everyone at risk”. He added, “even without the EXTREME fire danger rating, extreme caution should always be used in the City’s natural areas and green spaces, where dry vegetation covering the ground provides readily combustible fuel if an ignition source, such as from smoking materials, is applied. When at home, all butts and ash should be soaked with water prior to putting them in the trash, and should never be put out in flower planters, peat moss, or in the lawn or garden. Instead, a deep, wide, and sturdy metal container with a lid, should be used. It should be filled partway with sand or water, and emptied regularly”.
Campfires are currently banned within the Province. For additional information on the Fire Ban, please refer to the news release at http://ow.ly/sVpx30rLC34 or contact Mission Fire Rescue Service at (604) 820-3793. Note that the Fire Ban prohibits the use of any outdoor stove or other portable campfire apparatus that lacks a rating from the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or the Underwriter Laboratories of Canada (ULC).
The City of Mission encourages residents to download the free Alertable App which provides emergency alerts from local authorities as they become available.
To report a wildfire, call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on a mobile phone.
For more information on wildfire activities, restrictions, and prevention visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status
We can all do our part by ensuring we follow the latest regulations and fire bans, carefully extinguish smoking materials, keep off-roading vehicles out of the forests, and not using bear bangers unless necessary.
See the attached map for TFL26 boundaries
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Director of Forestry
Can we still access the boat launch or campgrounds?
Yes, currently both the official campgrounds and boat launch remain open, as does the Florence Lake Service Road, which also allows access to Zajac Ranch.
Who should we report violators to?
Please report violations to either the Conservation Officers Service 1-877-952-7277 or Mission Fire Department at 604 820 3793.