The District of North Vancouver Fire Chief Mike Cairns says his team will be doing a wildfire drill at the base of Grouse Mountain.
Fire Chief Mike Cairns says it’s all about preparing for the worst case scenario.
“We will pick a location in a forested area, make that the location of the fire, and then we’ll communicate with Coastal Fire Centre in Parksville and then they’ll dispatch provincial crews along with Metro Vancouver crews.”
Cairns says the drill will show their emergency response times. It’s scheduled for Thursday May 26 at 8:45 a.m.
“It will be a multi-agency response and we’ll be working on communications and tactics. When you do get a wildfire there will be many agencies involved.”
Any municipality with housing that backs onto large forested areas is at risk of a wildfire but Cairns says Metro Vancouver isn’t likely to have the same type of wildfire as happened in Fort McMurray.
This, he says, is thanks to a high population density that results in quick reporting of fires, combined with a wealth of fire fighting resources in the Lower Mainland.
BC Wildfire Service says over 60 fires are burning in B.C.
Cooler temperatures and rain are expected by Thursday.
Until then fire fighters will continue to be challenged, especially in the Peace region.