To report unlawful open burning, call the 24/7 Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) hotline at 1-877-952-7277 or dial #7277 on a cell phone. 


In British Columbia, wildfires are becoming an increasing threat. Fortunately, there is a solution that everyone can be a part of. Introducing FireSmart BC: the go-to resource for combating the problem of wildfire in BC. There are simple steps you can take to protect your home, neighborhood and province. Learn more at

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Hey Everyone,

My name is Quentin Nelson, Mitigation Manager with First Nations’ Emergency Services Society of BC (FNESS). I am a Forester in Training (FIT). In 2018, I took the Local FireSmart Representative training and became a certified LFR. I have a Forestry Diploma and most recently in 2019, I completed my bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Science. I work and live in Kamloops, BC.

In my current role with FNESS, one of my duties is to be an advocate for FireSmart, which is something I wholeheartedly believe in. What tends to work for me when I am engaging with our First Nations communities on the road is to conduct a Neighbourhood Wildfire Hazard Assessment to help jump-start their FireSmart path. This creates opportunity for our communities to apply into the Community Resiliency Investment (CRI) program to pursue funding to carry out an array of FireSmart activities so they can work towards achieving greater neighbourhood resilience in the event of a wildfire. As of January 2021, I became the FireSmart Canada Provincial Liaison for First Nation communities in BC. Long-term, I would love to see every single neighbourhood adopt FireSmart principles and work towards becoming FireSmart recognized.

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions at all!

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Contact Information

Quentin Nelson, FIT

Mitigation Department Manager | Cell 250.320.7682  #513 | Tel 250.377.7600 or 1.888.388.4431 | Fax 250.377.7610

A274 Halston Road, Kamloops BC V2H 1P7

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