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Wildfire in the Kootenays that is a fact of life. You can TAKE ACTION to reduce your risk from wildfire, and become FIRESMART!
A FREE PROFESSIONAL ASSESSMENT OF YOUR PROPERTY
A Wildfire Mitigation Specialist will come to your home and make a detailed report including specific mitigation actions to help protect your home from wildfire. During the assessment, they will discuss wildfire behavior dynamics and the ways a wildfire could affect your home.
Wildfire Mitigation Specialists are all fire and forestry professionals. You will be getting advice from industry experts, specially trained to recognize wildfire risks to your home and property.
Note: Residents of the RDCK are welcome to apply for an assessment and we will retain your information. However, this program will start again in the spring of 2019.
FireSmart Home Partners is a voluntary property assessment program that helps residents identify specific actions they can take on their properties to reduce the risk of wildfire damage.
Canada Community Recognition Program
FireSmart homes and neighbourhoods allow fire fighters to concentrate on fighting the wildfire, which ultimately saves more homes and lives. Communities whose residents take steps to reduce their vulnerability have a greater chance of surviving a wildfire without the intervention of the fire department.
When neighbours get together to FireSmart the whole community, they can reduce the risks for everyone.
The Community Recognition Program helps neighbours to organize and reduce the risk of wildfire damage for their whole community. The Local FireSmart Representative administers the program, supports and assists the communities in reducing wildfire risks.
This 8 page brochure outlines the steps to becoming a Recognized FireSmart Community. Share with your community and become a Recognized FireSmart Community this year.
Arrange to have one of our Wildfire Mitigation Specialists visit your community group or local hall to give a short presentation to provide Firesmart information, and answer questions about how you can make yoru home and community more Firesmart.
Wildfires are a natural part of Canada's wildland ecosystem. Without wildfire, the landscape loses its diversity. Wildfires recycle nutrients, help plants reproduce and create a mosaic of vegetation that provides habitat for a variety of wildlife.
By extending our lifestyles and communities further into forested areas, we become more exposed to the danger of wildfire. Living where wildfires can occur puts your home at risk, but it is possible to live safely with this natural event. The recommendations in this manual will reduce the risk of wildfire to your home and neighbourhood and help firefighters to defend your home.
Assess your risk from wildfire using the FireSmart Homeowner's Assessment.
By making some strategic choices in your yard your can create a FireSmart landscape. The manual includes an extensive list of fire resistant plants and tips about FireSmart gardening.
The content on this page was last updated March 14 2019 at 10:37 AM