Vegetation Management

Vegetation management addresses the threat of wildfire by reducing the amount of fuel that can ignite and carry a fire through the landscape and into communities.

In BC vegetation management also includes fuel management. Vegetation management being the work that is done in and around communities and fuel management being the work that is done on the wider landscape level. Vegetation management is reducing fuels that support fast spreading and high intensity wildfires by removal, reduction and conversion of fuels.

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Each community in the interface and landscape area requires different levels of treatment based on threat, biogeoclimatic factors, efficiencies and other factors like watersheds, wildlife habitat etc. The level of treatment discussion needs to start within each community and extend to a discussion on how to accomplish hazard reduction.

Some other factors that individuals must consider when determining their vegetation management strategy are things like water requirements, capabilities of homeowners, erosion as well as weather and fire behaviour patterns.

Priority Zones are the areas around each property that require unique vegetation management activities. Zone 1a (0-1.5 metres) is the non-combustible zone directly around the property where no ignitable fuel should be present. Zone 1 (1.5-10 metres) is the zone where the landscape should not permit wildfire to transfer to the home. Zone 2 (10-30 metres) is the zone where hazard is reduced primarily by thinning and pruning of trees. Zone 3 (30-100 metres) is the zone that influences how fire approaches the property, where fire breaks are necessary.