It's time to get FireSmart about wildfires in BC

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Disciplined in all the areas that count.

There are seven FireSmart disciplines that help us address the various aspects of wildfire threat. Determine which disciplines apply the most to you.

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Education

Take steps to raise your awareness and understanding of FireSmart and how it can protect your family and property.

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Vegetation Management

There are cost-neutral ways you can make your home and community more resilient to wildfire. Start with FireSmart landscaping.

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Emergency Planning

Make sure your community has a response strategy. Know your neighbourhood and community’s emergency plan and be prepared for an evacuation.

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Cross-training

Cross training between municipal and wildland fire departments is an important step to successfully suppressing wildfire in the interface.

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Interagency Cooperation

Creating a FireSmart community requires strong partnerships. Working together before a wildfire strikes is important to ensure a coordinated response.

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Legislation & Planning

Reviewing legislation can help you understand land use plans and how those plans can help us foresee problems. Adequate planning can lessen your communities risk of wildfire.

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Development Considerations

FireSmart development standards help manage the wildfire reality by reducing the flammability of structures. Assess how your structures relate to roadway access, water supply, utilities and forested areas.

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Useful Insights:

Relocating propane tanks 10 meters from your house is a free FireSmart activity!

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Moving your firewood 10-30 meters away from your house is a free FireSmart activity!

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Preparing your property for wildfire doesn’t mean you have to remove all the trees. There are many vegetation management options that can make your home resistant to wildfire.

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There will undeniably be an increasing number of home losses when we consider present trends in climate change, expansion of the wildland urban interface and changes in forest fuels

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Wildfires can spread up to 11 km/hour in forests and 22 km/hour in grasslands – make sure you have an evacuation plan with your family and stick to it!

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Simulation exercises are often the best way to cross train between agencies and ensure everyone is prepared for wildfire eventualities in the wildland urban interface.

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