In the PRRD we are very fortunate that many, although not all, rural residents and businesses receive fire protection service from municipal and rural fire departments in our region. The BC Wildfire Management Branch also provides support and responds across the province to interface fires and wildfires. It is important to understand that with the benefit of receiving fire protection there may also be times when burning prohibitions or regulations must be put in place for the safety of you and your community – either by your local fire department or the Wildfire Management Branch.
Role of the BC Wildfire Management Branch:
The BC Wildfire Management Branch is tasked with managing wildfires on both Crown and private lands outside of organized areas such as municipalities or regional districts where burning bylaws are in place. While the Wildfire Management Branch is mandated to protect life and assets, particularly forests and grasslands, it gives high priority to fires in interface areas where communities and forests come together. The Peace River Regional District is located within the Prince George Fire Centre which has two fire zones, Dawson Creek (South Peace) and Fort St John (North Peace).
Before You Burn:
If you are served by a Municipal Fire Department
- If you live or work within the Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe, Taylor, Chetwynd or Fort St John rural fire protection areas, it is important to remember that these departments have burning bylaws in place that apply to their rural fire protection areas at all times. Before you burn find out if:
- your fire department requires you to have a burn permit; and
- burning prohibitions are in place as determined by your local fire department.
If you are not served by a Municipal Fire Department
Before you burn ALL residents and businesses outside of the Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe, Taylor, Chetwynd and Fort St John rural fire protection areas of the Peace River Regional District must:
- Check for fire prohibitions set by the Wildfire Management Branch: Forest Service officials notify the public of burning prohibitions through information bulletins to local media outlets, the BC Forest Fire Info Facebook page, and through their website at bcwildfire.ca. The Peace River Regional District defaults to the Provincial Wildfire Management Plan in the rural areas (outside of the above noted rural fire protection areas) with the Wildfire Act and Regulation applying on public (Crown) land, provincial parks and private land everywhere in B.C.
- Get a burn reference number from the Wildfire Management Branch: If open burning is allowed in your area and you are planning to burn anything larger than a typical backyard burn pile (3 meters wide x 2 meters high) or burn stubble or grass on an area more than 0.2 hectares (20 m X 20 m), you must get a burn registration number first. To obtain a burn reference number, call toll free to 1-888-797-1717.
Everyone has the responsibility to ensure safe, responsible burning. Those found to have been responsible for an escaped fire may be liable for fire suppression costs, cost of any damages and potentially an administrative penalty depending on the area of jurisdiction.
To find out if your home or business is within a fire protection area please contact our office at 250 784-3200 or contact your municipality. To learn more about becoming a volunteer fire fighter or burning regulations in your area, please contact the fire department in your area (see list below). To contact the BC Wildfire Management Branch call 250 565-6124 or visit bcwildfire.ca.
Statistics & Resources
Fire Department Directory
BC Wildfire Management Branch
Prince George Fire Centre (responsible for the Northeast)
Tel: 250 565-6124
Arras Volunteer Fire Department
A registered non-profit society, the Arras Volunteer Fire Department serves prescribed areas within Arras and Farmington.
Contact: Fire Chief Rob Park
For more information or to volunteer: Tel: 250 784-5730
Charlie Lake Volunteer Fire Department
The Charlie Lake Volunteer Fire Department, operated by the Peace River Regional District, serves prescribed areas within the Charlie Lake and Grandhaven areas. The department is staffed with a full time fire chief, full time assistant chief and 27 dedicated volunteer fire fighters. To learn more about the Department go to their web page.
Contact: Fire Chief Edward Albury
For more information or to volunteer: Tel: 250 785-1424 or email: Edward.Albury@prrd.bc.ca
Chetwynd Volunteer Fire Department
The Chetwynd Volunteer Fire Department consists of 30 active volunteers.
Equipment used by the department are a pumper truck, ladder truck, initial response vehicle and a rescue vehicle. The Chetwynd Volunteer Fire Department responds to fires within the designated fire boundary of the District of Chetwynd and motor vehicle rescues beyond the boundaries.
Contact: District of Chetwynd
For more information or to volunteer: Tel: 250 401-4100.
Dawson Creek Fire Department
The Dawson Creek Fire Department provides fire fighting and rescue services to the City of Dawson Creek, Dawson Creek Airport and a 5 mile rural fire protection area around the City. The Fire Department also provides motor vehicle extrication anywhere requested by the RCMP or Ambulance Service.
The Department is staffed by a Fire Chief, Chief Gordon “Shorty” Smith, a Deputy Fire Chief, a Fire Prevention Officer, 16 Full Time Fire Fighters and 12 Auxiliary Volunteer Fire Fighters
Contact: Deputy Fire Chief Bob Fulton
For more information or to volunteer: Tel: 250 782-9898 or email@example.com
Fort St John Fire Rescue
Operated by the City, the Fort St. John Fire Department provides 18,000 residents with fire suppression, rescue services, first responder medical calls, building inspections and prevention and education programs.
The Department’s 19 full-time employees and 13 volunteer firefighters provide these services to the City of Fort St John as well as a rural fire protection area around the City.
Contact: Fire Chief Fred Burrows
For more information or to volunteer: Tel: 250 785-4333 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hudson’s Hope Fire Department
The Hudsons’ Hope Fire Department is a volunteer fire fighting force of 25 members under the direction of a full-time Fire Chief, operate out of two fire halls which each house two fire fighting apparatuses. The department provides Fire Suppression, Public Education, Fire Prevention, and Inspection Services to the residents and visitors of Hudson’s Hope and vehicle extrication services to the District and surrounding area.
Contact: Fire Chief Bob Norton
For more information or to volunteer: Tel: 250 783-3392 or email@example.com
Moberly Lake Volunteer Fire Department
A registered non-profit society, the Moberly Lake Serves the Moberly Lake area in addition to the West Moberly First Nation and Saulteau First Nation. The department consists of volunteer fire fighters including a volunteer fire chief.
Contact: Fire Chief Mike Henry
For more information or to volunteer: Tel: 250 788-2611 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pouce Coupe Fire Department
The Pouce Coupe Volunteer Fire Department consists of 17 active volunteers. With 2 pumpers and 1 tanker, the Department responds to the Village and a 5 mile radius around the Village.
Contact: Fire Chief Blair Deveau 250-219-9205 or email@example.com
For more information or to volunteer the Fire Chief or the Village office at 250 786-5794
Taylor Volunteer Fire Department
The Taylor Fire Department consists of the Fire Chief, 20 volunteer firefighters and one junior firefighter. The department has the following apparatus: 1 Triple Combination Engine, 1 Pumper/Tanker, 1 Rescue Truck, a Crash Rescue Truck , and a Command Vehicle.
Taylor Fire Rescue provides:
- Fire Suppression for both structural and wildland fires within our fire protection area;
- Medical First Response Service in coordination with BC Ambulance;
- Road Rescue Service from the Kiskatinaw Bridge to the northern edge of our fire protection area; and
- Fire Prevention, Education, and Inspection services.
Contact: Fire Chief Steve Byford
For more information or to volunteer: Tel: 250 789-3392 or SByford@districtoftaylor.com
Tomslake & District Fire Department
A registered non-profit society, the Tomslake & District Fire Department serves prescribed areas within Tomslake. The department consists of volunteer fire fighters including a volunteer fire chief.
Contact: Deputy Chief George Giersch
For more information or to volunteer: Tel: 250 786-0220
Tumbler Ridge Fire Department
The Tumbler Ridge Fire Department is a dedicated group of 15 volunteers and the Fire Chief, who’ve spent a great deal of time training and donating their time to community events.
Contact: Fire Chief Dustin Curry
For more information or to volunteer: Tel: 250 242-3939 or firstname.lastname@example.org