It's time to get FireSmart about wildfires in BC

Introducing the
FireSmart BC Magazine

Calling all homeowners, active community members, First Nations and Local Governments: the FireSmart BC Magazine was created to keep you informed on all things FireSmart. Stay in the know with all the latest news, success stories, FireSmart tips, and more.

See magazine

Kickoff Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2021 with a $500 grant for your community

Applications for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2021 are now open! Taking place from May 1st, 2021 to October 31st, 2021, Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is...

Read More Go arrow

The 2020 FireSmart Canada road trip

FireSmartBC recently teamed up with our counterparts from FireSmart Canada for an epic road trip, visiting FireSmart Recognized Neighbourhoods in Western Canada.

Read More Go arrow

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.

Sign up now
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:

Download Guide
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.

Fire Icon
fireSmart ember fireSmart ember fireSmart ember


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.

Go Go arrow

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.

Go Go arrow

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.

Go Go arrow


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.

Go Go arrow

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.

Go Go arrow

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.

Go Go arrow

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.

Go Go arrow

Useful Insights:

See More Tips

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


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


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.


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


Ensure that there are no trees or other vegetation overhanging your roof.


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.


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