Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations - Wildfire Management Branch

Fighting Wildfire


A wildfire is an unplanned or unwanted natural or person-caused fire which requires suppression action. There are more than 2,000 wildfires in British Columbia every year. Through quick reporting and the efforts of fire crews and staff, 92 percent of all wildfires in B.C. are contained at less than four hectares (9.8 acres) in size.

Fire fighters are most successful when wildfires are discovered and reported while there are still small. Through early detection and aggressive initial attack of wildfires, the Wildfire Management Branch is able to keep the cost of fighting wildfires to a minimum.

Learn more about how the Wildfire Management Branch responds to wildfire: