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Helping agriculture in your community prepare for wildfire.

Are you local government or First Nations? Check out the free workshop: Training For BC Farm Ranch Wildfire Preparedness.

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Farm and ranch wildfire preparedness resources

Producers face unique challenges from wildfire. Learn more about how you can help prepare here.

The best thing about being FireSmart is how easy it is.

The homes that are prepared are the homes left standing. Thankfully, there are simple steps you can take to drastically reduce your property's risk.

Make sure to download the full homeowners guide to how to FireSmart your property:

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Clean your roof and gutters.

And trim any branches overhanging on to your roof. Embers will look to jump on to home, so don't give them anything to catch fire on.

Move firewood and propane 10-30 metres away from your home.

Don't let fire come to your door. Keep your grass cut to below 10cm, and move anything that can be fuel for the fire a safe 10-30 meters distance from your home.

Have a wildfire evacuation plan within your household.

Don't wing it. Having a simple evacuation plan is easy to do, and makes a world of difference.

Is your community FireSmart?

FireSmart Canada officially recognizes over 100 communities across BC as being prepared for the threat of wildfire. Check if your community is on the list of "FireSmart Recognized Communities".

Recognized Communities

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

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Relocating propane tanks 10 meters 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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MYTH:  BC Wildfire Service or the Fire Department will save my house from a wildfire.

FACT:   The Fire Department can not provide every person and home with individual protection during a major wildfire.  You are responsible for your home’s fire safety!

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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

I have a lot of confidence in my home now that I've done this work.

- Pat Crook, Mackenzie

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

- Krista Minar, Merrit