Metro Vancouver prepares for wildfire riskMetro Vancouver prepares for wildfire risk<div class="ExternalClass35EF311CAEDF418AA7594BBCF5FF8B85"><p>Metro Vancouver staff are prepping gear and running bi-weekly drills to prepare for the summer fire season.</p><p>Forest fires can pose a significant risk to Metro Vancouver, which manages lands that are vast, largely forested, and susceptible to fire from lightning or preventable human causes. </p><p>Metro Vancouver’s watersheds and regional parks have wildfire response plans to protect drinking water resources, ensure public safety and protect natural areas and ecosystems. Staff are trained in fire suppression and have specialized equipment ready for quick deployment. All training is coordinated, and staff are in constant contact with member municipalities, the BC Wildfire Service and local fire authorities. </p><p>As part of their preparation during the fire season, staff are recertified in wildfire specific training courses, including BC Basic Fire Suppression & Safety and Helicopter Safety. They also test all hoses, pumps, chainsaws and safety gear, and run bi-weekly training drills to ensure equipment is in running order. </p><p>Throughout the fire season, staff work closely with member municipalities and provide fire and weather reports three times a week when the risk level rises. They are also constantly making decisions, such as placing restrictions on use of trails and forest activities, based on the fire risk and weather conditions.</p><p>To see the current forest fire danger rating, check out your municipal, the BC Forest Service or the MV websites.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Issue33-WildFirePrep.jpg2017-06-29T07:00:00ZGP0|#4559f831-3b17-4c2c-8f55-ad81859dc712;L0|#04559f831-3b17-4c2c-8f55-ad81859dc712|Issue 33;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassA3A498DCE22C4B47BC03828B12431069"><p>​Metro Vancouver staff are prepping gear and running bi-weekly drills to prepare for the summer fire season, Forest fires can pose a significant risk to Metro Vancouver, which manages lands that are vast, largely forested, and susceptible to fire from lightning or preventable human causes. </p></div>0