Wildfires are a reality in the Cowichan region. Our beautiful forests have always been part of a cycle of growth, destruction and regrowth. As the temperatures get warmer and vegetation gets dryer, the risk of wildfire increases. Wildfires can be caused by nature (lightening strikes), direct human interaction (equipment use, cigarettes, unsupervised campfires) and indirect human actions (increasing heat and drought due to climate change).
The lands and communities next to and surrounded by wildlands are at risk of wildfires.
If you receive an evacuation alert – follow the instructions. You are being asked to get ready to leave should the situation worsen. Some things you may be asked to do include:
If you receive an evacuation order – follow the instructions. You are being told to leave immediately.
Air quality can be affected during wildfires. When air quality is affected, take necessary precautions to reduce impact to your health: