Find out which fire-resistant plants are best suited for your area
Our fire-resistant plant tool helps British Columbians identify the species that grow best in the specific climate where they live. Finding the right plants lowers the risk of structure damage due to wildfire, and FireSmart selections can also increase sustainability, helping to conserve water and attract pollinators.
FireSmart landscaping tips & insights
There are simple steps you can take to drastically reduce your property’s risk of damage caused by wildfire. FireSmart methods have been proven to reduce the likelihood of losses, even under the most extreme fire conditions.
Your best protection from wildfire is prevention, and one of the best tools available is the FireSmart BC Landscaping Guide.
Keep grass cut below 10 cm
Grass shorter than 10 centimetres is less likely to burn intensely, reducing its ability to ignite structures. Whenever possible, you should also ensure that your lawn is well hydrated, as dry grass has a higher flammability potential.
Be aware of which plants and trees your property contains
Coniferous trees, with cones and needles, are highly flammable and should not be within 10 metres of your home. A few of these are spruce, pine, fir, and cedar. Find out more about FireSmart plants and use them to reduce your risk.
Know your property’s ignition zones
Learn the 4 priority structure ignition zones around your property. Work with your neighbours in any overlapping priority zones! Check out the structure ignition zone poster here.
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Cultural burning and
By integrating traditional Indigenous fire practices with current fire research, prescribed fire is an effective tool for promoting ecological diversity, resilient forests, and safer communities.