It's time to get FireSmart about wildfires in BC

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There’s more than one way to get FireSmart.

With the rise of global temperatures, fires have been increasing in BC every year. But with our seven tried, tested and true FireSmart disciplines, you can help mitigate wildfire threats around your home and in your community.

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Education

An educated community is a FireSmart community. That’s why we are constantly releasing the latest research and preventive tools, so you’re always prepared when fire season hits.

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Vegetation Management

Protecting your home starts from the soil up. Get to know the best landscaping practices to reduce natural wildfire fuel in your garden, in your gutter and around your home.

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Emergency Planning

Without a plan, you could be without a home. Prepare yourself and your community with an emergency plan that covers everything from protection to evacuation to response.

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Cross-training

Not all firefighters are trained in wildfire and structural fire response. Cross-training for both disaster types is essential for all firefighters, so they can work together to handle any fire.

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Interagency Cooperation

A FireSmart community is one that works together. There are a lot of stakeholders who, when they have a coordinated response plan in place, can turn a potential disaster into a best-case scenario.

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Legislation & Planning

Planners and legislators have a lot on their plate. That’s why FireSmart is here: to help them keep the threat of wildfires top of mind and preventative measures a number-one priority.

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Development Considerations

Where there is an opportunity to modernize a community, there is an even greater opportunity to renovate and build homes with fire-resistant materials and better access to roads, utilities and reliable water sources.

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Useful Insights:

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

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Did you know that 50% of the homes burned from wildfires are started by sparks or embers?

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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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FireSmart In The Community

It allows us to interact with the community, and set up some guidelines that can really us reduce our wildfire risk.

- Krista Minar, Merrit

It means protecting my home by making sure it's constructed with the right materials.

- Denis Thompson, Anarchist Mountain