Reporting Wildfires in North Cowichan

To report a wildfire or irresponsible behaviour within the Municipal Forest Reserve, please call 1 800 663-5555 or *5555 from a cell phone. Information from the public is crucial to ensuring wildfires are responded to as soon as possible.

All calls are answered by BC Wildfire Service staff at the Provincial Forest Fire Reporting Centre. Any information you can provide is helpful, however you can expect the emergency call taker to ask for details about the fire, such as;

  • Location              
    i.e. Where is the fire? How far up the hillside? Closest intersection?
  • Size                       
    e.g. Metres? Hectares? Size of a house? Size of a football field?
  • Rate of spread
    i.e. How quickly is the fire spreading?
  • Fuel                      
    i.e. What is burning? Grass, bushes, trees?
  • Smoke/flames                
    i.e. What colour is the smoke? Are flames visible?
  • Threat                  
    i.e. Are there any people or buildings at risk?
  • Action                  
    i.e. Is anyone fighting the fire?
  • Campfires
    If reporting a campfire, can you tell if it is wood burning or is it a propane campfire?
For more information on wildfires, please visit the BC Wildfire Service Website.