Lunch Break Fires: Be sure to properly and fully extinguish them!

Safety Alert Type: 
Higher elevation forestry site
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Columbia Extreme Contracting Ltd
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On September 11th, a forestry worker on a high elevation worksite built a lunch fire, which he did not properly extinguish. There had been 6 inches of snow that morning.

Crews working on the site on September 14th smelled smoke, and found the smouldering remains of the fire. The fire was then fully extinguished, and checked again at the end of the day.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Cold, damp and even snowy conditions don’t necessarily negate the chance of forest fires.
  • Use utmost care and attention when starting any type of camp fire, any time of the year.
  • Always follow BC campfire regulations.
  • Dig down to mineral soil.
  • Clear a fire guard 1 metre x 1 metre in area to be free of fuels adjacent to the fire.
  • Have either 8 litres of water or a hand tool on site while the fire is burning.
  • Keep fire smaller than 0.5 metres x 0.5 metres.
  • Make sure the ashes of your fire are fully extinguished and cool to the touch before you leave the area.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Mark Teasdale (250) 348-2234

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