Each spring and summer, White Rock Fire Rescue and the White Rock RCMP respond to beach fires at White Rock’s Waterfront—sometimes multiple beach fires in the same night.
Adults, children and pets have been seriously burned by beach fires that have been smothered by sand instead of water. Beach fires are also a risk to ecologically sensitive plants and trees and pose a risk to nearby homes and businesses.
Beach fires are often difficult to reach due to their location. Responding to fires along the Waterfront and at the railway tracks can tie up emergency resources and delay the response to other serious incidents in the city.
Beach fires produce smoke and odours that can affect the quality of life for those living or working near the Waterfront.