Extreme Weather Update
Weather Update: September 12, 2018
Richmond wildfire rating reduced to LOW
September 12, 2018: With the recent precipitation and continuing cooler, moist air forecast for this week, the Extreme Fire rating and fire ban in Richmond has been lifted and the potential for wildfire rating has been reduced to low.
2018 Weather Archive
August 29, 2018: At the recommendation of Richmond Fire-Rescue, the City of Richmond is still in under an extreme fire hazard rating and expected to stay at this level for the next week. While there has been some slight precipitation and moisture in the air, conditions are still very dry with a warming trend emerging again in the next 24-48 hrs. There is still no significant rainfall on the horizon and as a result, any forest fires have the potential to be very challenging.
Due to the above conditions, the following actions by the City of Richmond have been taken:
- Richmond Nature Park trails remain closed
- Shell Road trail has had additional no smoking signs installed as a reminder of new
- Complete BBQ and open fire ban
isnow currently in place at all city parks, beaches and public open spaces including the designated BBQ areas at Gary Point Park and King George Park.
Visitors to local parks facilities are asked to obey posted signs and fire danger guidelines. The public can assist by exercising extra caution, and following these helpful tips:
- Do not discard smoking materials from vehicles - use vehicle interior ashtrays
- Do not dispose of butts in flower beds or bark mulch beds
- Use large, deep, non-tip ashtrays to prevent ashes from falling onto combustible materials
- Allow lawn and farm equipment to cool before storing away
- Be aware of all spark and fire sources
- Be cautious around
firein windy conditions
- Report all fires to 911
- The Council approved Public Parks and School Grounds Regulation Bylaw No. 8771, Section 2.7.3 is now in effect given the current fire conditions. This section of the Bylaw bans the use of all BBQs in Parks when a fire ban is in effect. Please see below for details.
- Section 2.7.3: A person must not light or operate any barbeque or fire in any public park or school ground:
(a) when a fire ban is in effect;
(b) in a bog or wetland area; or
(c) in an environmentally sensitive area.
- 2.7.4 In addition to Section 2.7.3, a person must not light or operate
(i) in an area not designated for such activity:
(ii) in an enclosed space or facility;
(iii) on an artificial or synthetic playing surface; or
(iv) on a dock or pier; in any public park or school ground.
- October 1, 2017 - The fire ban is over.
- August 4, 2017 - An EXTREME Fire Danger Rating continues to be in place across the region and will remain in effect until there is significant rainfall.
- July 31, 2017 - Metro Vancouver Fire Weather Report for Richmond has moved to an EXTREME rating from a HIGH rating that had been maintained for the last 19 days.
2017 Parks and Trails Closures
- October 1, 2017 - All trails affected by the fire ban have been reopened.
- July 31, 2017 - Due to extremely dry weather and fire conditions the following parks and trails are closed until further notice:
- Shell Road Trail
- Horseshoe Slough Trail
- Bridgeport Trail
- Queens Canal Trails
- Nature Park West
park, boardwalks and trails
- Nature Park East park, boardwalk and trails