Risk of Forest Fires Remains High in Chilliwack

The Chilliwack Fire Department would like to remind residents and visitors that the fire rating is still high to extreme. Please be mindful of the extreme dry conditions and remember that Chilliwack’s parks and trails are smoke-free: smoking and fires of any kind are prohibited.

Discarded smoking materials can lead to fires. In 2015, the Chilliwack Fire Department saw an 200% increase in bark mulch and grass fires over the previous year, most of which were caused by human carelessness.

For more information about Chilliwack’s Outdoor Public Spaces Smoking Regulation Bylaw, please visit chilliwack.com/smokefree

Beat the Heat

In the summer the combination of high heat and high humidity can be very dangerous.

There are several ways to keep cool in your own home:

  • Make sure to drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Avoid going out in the blazing sun when possible. If you must go outside, stay in the shade as much as possible.
  • If you don’t have air conditioning, keep shades or drapes drawn and blinds closed on the sunny side of your home.
  • Fans alone may not provide enough cooling when the temperature is high. Consider visiting an air conditioned public space, such as the libraries, shopping malls or leisure centres to cool down.

For more tips to beat the heat, visit chilliwack.com/beattheheat

Air Quality

The City of Chilliwack would like to remind residents to reduce or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities in light of the current air quality and temperature. High temperatures are forecast to continue for the week and the Air Quality Advisory for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley is ongoing.

Residents who experience symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation should reduce or reschedule their outdoor activities. Individuals who are at greater risk, such as children and the elderly, and those with heart or breathing problems, should postpone strenuous outdoor activities altogether.

Please visit weather.gc.ca/airquality/pages/bcaq-003_e.html for more information about the air quality health index.