What is FireSmart?

Wildfire is a risk that all British Columbians need to be prepared for. But while that seems like a big task, FireSmart is here to help you get started and make proven steps toward protecting your home and your community from wildfire.

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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 neighbourhood FireSmart?

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

Recognized neighbourhoods

The latest and greatest from 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.

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The FireSmart BC Conference

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Join us on May 11th and 12th, 2022 in Kamloops, BC for the 2022 FireSmart BC Conference: Building Collaboration and Community. Funding is available for local governments and First Nations to assist with costs to attend - just make sure to apply for CRI Community Funding and Supports Program funding by October 8th, 2021.

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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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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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Pruning the lower branches of trees to 2 metres is a free FireSmart activity!

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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

"We're very proud to be the 100th FireSmart neighbourhood in British Columbia."

- Kerry Anderson, Summerland

"The past few summers, FireSmart has been at the forefront of our minds. We've been working on the property ... clearing the forest floors, moving trees, all the debris, and clearing them away."

- Gary Stamper, Squamish