The West Vancouver Fire Department tweeted out a photo on August 2 of a 200 foot brush fire that they say was caused by a cigarette butt.
West Van fire at a 200 ft grass fire 2 km north of horseshoe bay please stop throwing cigarettes out windows pic.twitter.com/31Xxcz8ffq
— W V Fire & Rescue (@WestVanFireDept) August 3, 2015
The West Vancouver Fire Department said in the tweet to “stop throwing cigarette butts out the window.”
Tinder-dry conditions have lead to an extreme fire risk warning being issued in West Vancouver for most of the summer.
“In a matter of seconds, a discarded cigarette butt can cause a grass fire that spreads rapidly. In West Vancouver, the fire department was called to 22 wildfires in June alone, and almost one per day in July—most of them the result of carelessly discarded smoking material,” reads the West Vancouver Fire Department’s website.
Most of the province is suffering from a lack of rain, with dry forests leading to hundreds of wildfires burning throughout B.C.
Recently the provincial government released a statement saying they were considering harsher punishments for those who toss cigarette butts out of their car windows, including impounding their vehicles.
“We must send a clear message to those that carelessly start wildfires that their behaviour will not be tolerated,” stated the release.
Approximately one-third of all the wildfires in B.C. were caused by people.