Wildfire Risk Reduction

Partners working together to reduce the impact of wildfire in our communities

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK), along with partners such as municipal governments, provincial ministries and other agencies, is committed to reducing the threat from wildfire and its impact on communities. We recognize the value of collaborating and sharing information and resources, and looking at wildfire risk from the local community level.

These efforts have coalesced into a partnership initiative involving the City of Nelson, RDCK Areas E and F, and the West Arm and Kokanee Provincial Parks. This initiative—the Nelson & Area Wildfire Risk Reduction partnership—is a model for coordinated public engagement and consistent messaging, and one we hope to see implemented in other communities across the regional district.

Nelson & Area Wildfire Risk Reduction Partnership

City of Nelson, RDCK Electoral Areas E&F, West Arm & Kokanee Creek Provincial Parks

The Nelson & Area Wildfire Risk Reduction partnership is committed to reducing the impact of wildfire in our communities. We do this by collaborating on projects, sharing information and resources, and keeping our communities informed. We also work closelywith BC FireSmart, homeowners, agencies and land managers to help keep our communities safe. Visit our website to learn more about what’s being done to reduce wildfire risk in your area, and what you and your community can do to help.


Three things you can do to help reduce the risk and impact of wildfires in your community:

1) Educate yourself at firesmartbc.ca or with a FireSmart home visit:

2) Take action around your home using FireSmart principles.

3) Register for emergency notifications:

Interested in learning more about what you can do to reduce the risk of wildfire affecting your home or your community? Visit the FireSmart Canada website for information specific to your unique needs: www.firesmartcanada.ca

The BC FireSmart Committee was created to facilitate greater direction and integration of the seven FireSmart disciplines across the province. The BCFSC provides resources in the areas of legislation 7 planning, education, development considerations, vegetation management, emergency planning, cross-training, and interagency cooperation. Visit the FireSmart BC website for more information: www.firesmartbc.ca

The Nelson & Area Wildfire Risk Reduction partners are in the process of developing additional helpful resources, such as a map of wildfire mitigation activities happening or planned in your community, a timeline of the work, a glossary of terms and frequently asked questions. Visit us again to access these resources when they are available!

Upcoming outreach events

Thank you for joining us at the May 7 open house!

The Nelson & Area Wildfire Risk Reduction partnership hosted a public open house on May 7 at the Adventure Hotel in Nelson. This was an opportunity for members of the public to participate in the conversation around wildfire threat to our communities. More than 150 people attended the event, along with staff from the BC Wildfire Service and local elected representatives.


View the information panels from the open house:

Representatives from the Nelson & Area Wildfire Risk Reduction partnership will be attending events in the area over the next few months. Check back here to hear about upcoming opportunities to talk with us and ask questions.

Contact us

For more information, contact one of the partners:

Amanda Weber-Roy
Kootenay Conservation Specialist, BC Parks
250-489-8563  | amanda.weber-roy@gov.bc.ca

Joel Hamilton
Wildfire Mitigation Supervisor, RDCK
250-352-8177  |  jhamilton@rdck.bc.ca

Len MacCharles
Fire Chief, City of Nelson
250-352-3103  |  lmaccharles@nelson.ca


The content on this page was last updated May 29 2019 at 10:17 AM