Fire protection organizations do their best with the resources that they have available, but it is not realistic to assume all properties can be defended against all wildfires. That is where legislation and planning come in.
Planners must balance the interest of authorities and residents who share the responsibility for safety in the wildland urban interface. Minimizing the risk of wildfire disasters is a land use planning issue wherever the WUI is involved.
Fire officials, planners, community leaders, neighbours, First Nations and local government all need to work together to ensure that legislation considers the threat of wildfire and increasing the communities’ resiliency.
You can start by asking questions:
- What cost is borne by the public when wildfire hazards aren’t managed?
- Who is responsible for ensuring planning takes places to address wildfire threat?
- Are there legal implications if communities are not prepared for wildfire?
- Are their areas of the community that are more at risk than others?
Planners and legislators can’t be expected to become experts in wildfire, that is where FireSmart comes in. Technical information and resources available through FireSmart can assist individuals access the information they need to develop and implement legislation and plans that address concerns in the wildland urban interface.