What is FireSmart?

We put the power of prevention in your hands

At FireSmart, we offer countless resources that enable you to take steps now that can save your home later if a wildfire emergency hits close to home.

From local FireSmart Representatives offering on-site assessments to downloadable guides that clearly outline how to FireSmart your property, everything you need to protect your home from wildfire is here. Wondering where to start? You’ve come to the right place.

Why is FireSmart Necessary?

British Columbians are well aware of the risks wildfires pose to their communities. But many are unaware that tried and tested practices that are proven to save homes are often very simple to implement. FireSmart is your go-to source for the best information, resources, and certified local experts who can help you identify the risks around your house and neighbourhood. But most importantly, these essential tools provide you with tangible solutions that you can use today to create more peace of mind in wildfire season.

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Why FireSmart?

FireSmart is founded on 7 disciplines

The disciplines address wildfire preparedness from different angles. They are legislation & planning, education, development considerations, vegetation management, emergency planning, training, and inter-agency cooperation.

Together, these disciplines help educate and prepare residents, their homes, neighbourhoods, critical infrastructure and vital natural resources from wildfire. This is a shared responsibility involving all homeowners, neighbourhood leaders, all levels of government and participation from the private sector.

Built upon solid research

FireSmart is based on foundational scientific evidence that suggests changes to the built environment are the best and most cost-effective way to increase a home’s survivability from wildfire.

FireSmart standards are adopted to decrease the likelihood of losses from wildfire events. It is recognized that there is an urgent need to increase and improve the scientific basis for FireSmart approaches to increase wildfire resiliency of communities.

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Who we are

The BCFSC members consist of the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS), Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC), Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), Fire Chiefs’ Association of BC (FCABC), Emergency Management BC (EMBC), Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC), First Nations’ Emergency Services Society of BC (FNESS), Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), BC Parks, Parks Canada and Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development – Regional Operations.

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The best defence is preparation.

Whether the fire risks are extreme or low, the stakes are always high if you’re not prepared. Following evacuation alerts and orders and getting ready before a wildfire disaster strikes can make a world of difference. So make a plan, keep your property FireSmart, and stay up to date on the latest evacuation alerts and orders this wildfire season.

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FireSmart BC
Homeowner's Manual

This manual provides easy steps to make your property FireSmart, so you can reduce the potential impacts of wildfire on your home, neighbourhood and community.

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FireSmart BC Homeowner's Manual

Looking for FireSmart tips? Check out these 11 quick tips on the FireSmart Your Home Infographic