Earlier this month, a discarded cigarette caused a shrub fire on campus, which highlights how little it takes for a fire to start in these extremely dry conditions. With an extreme fire rating in place, smokers should carefully dispose of butts and ashes in non-flammable locations.
Due to unseasonably dry and hot weather, Metro Vancouver has issued stage 2 water restrictions and an extreme fire rating for Pacific Spirit Regional Park and the lower mainland. Starting this week at UBC, lawns will only be watered once a week, all power washing and window washing will be discontinued, and campus water features will be taken off the potable water feed and drained where necessary. Drained water will be used for irrigation whenever possible.
An extreme fire rating means that no burn permits will be issues and that campfires and briquette barbecues are prohibited. Please be aware of spark and fire sources – smokers should carefully dispose of butts and ashes in non-flammable locations.