Wildfire prevention: designated smoking areas
Did you know forest fires are particularly destructive when there is a drought because branches and twigs die and dry out, creating plenty of fuel for the fire? Vancouver Island has been designated as very dry on the province's drought levels gauge system resulting in the current extreme fire danger rating on the southern Vancouver Island and Royal Roads University campus. This means extremely dry forest fuels and the fire risk is very serious.
In British Columbia alone, there have been 1310 fires since April 1, 2015 resulting in 295,409 HA of total area burned. Source: Ministry of Forest, Lands & Natural Resource Operations. http://bcwildfire.ca/situation/
This year, on our own campus we have already had two human-caused fires which thanks to immediate action by our staff and the local fire department were contained and extinguished with minimal damage.
Your care and vigilance in the use of designated smoking areas will help prevent the risk of wildfire.
A message from your RRU Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee.