FireSmart

Be FireSmart:

Did you know?

  • Nearly half of all wildfires in B.C. are caused by people.
  • More than 50% of homes destroyed by wildfire are ignited by embers blown by the wind.
  • 85-90% of homes with non-combustible roofs & 10 metres of clearance will survive a major wildfire. 

FireSmart is a program developed by FireSmart Canada to help homeowners living in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) identify and address wildfire threats on their property. The Wildland Urban Interface is the area where houses meet or intermingle with undeveloped wildland vegetation. The WUI is a focal area for human-environment conflicts such as wildfires. 

FireSmart homes and neighbourhoods allow firefighters to concentrate on fighting wildfires, which ultimately saves more homes and lives. Adopting FireSmart principles to your home and property can help reduce the potential impact of wildfires, and will help firefighters better defend your home.

What the District is doing: 

Squamish Fire Rescue launched a FireSmart "Community Chipper Days" pilot project in July 2018 to help reduce wildfire impact. Residents in designated areas where houses meet or intermingle with undeveloped wildland vegetation (wildland urban interface - WUI) will be encouraged to FireSmart their property by bringing excess yard waste to the curb where it will be chipped and disposed of for free. 

How are homes chosen?

The FireSmart Community Chipper Days program selects neighbourhoods identified in our Community Wildfire Protection Plan as being at a higher wildfire risk within the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI).


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What you can do: 

You and your neighbours have a role to play in reducing the wildfire threat to your home. Changes made to the area closest to your home and your home itself have the greatest impact on reducing the risk of wildfire damage. Follow these tips to protect your home:

  • Remove all combustibles within the first 10 metres around your home;
  • Space coniferous trees 3 metres apart;
  • Prune coniferous tree branches within 2 metres off the ground;
  • Plant low-density, fire-resistant plants and shrubs with moist, supple leaves;
  • Remove all dead vegetation and clean up your yard regularly;
  • Integrate FireSmart best practices into your short and long-term renovation projects.

Please remember that dumping yard waste is illegal and it substantially increases both the fire load and fire risk to the entire neighbourhood. Homeowners are encouraged to look ahead to the next wildfire season and keep FireSmart best practices in mind during fall yard maintenance. 

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Comments

  • Natasha Garritty Jun 27, 2019 8:40 PM (58 days ago)

    I understand the need to be fire
    smart and reduce fire fuel in my wildland-urban interface area but I
    am concerned with the timing of this project and the potential impact
    on nesting birds. Early May through late July is a critical nesting
    period for many species in our area. Many residents may not be aware
    of this information and may be inadvertently disturbing or destroying
    nests or nesting habitat (some species nest in brush etc). Information
    on avoiding harm to avian and amphibian species should be shared with
    residents if this project continues in spring/late-spring/early
    summer. A better time to encourage this yard 'clean-up' project would
    be in the fall. We are experiencing a rapid decline of species across
    the globe due to habitat loss driven by human activity, please
    consider changing the dates of this project/program/FireSmart
    campaign.

    https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/avoiding-harm-migratory-birds/general-nesting-periods/nesting-periods.html

  • Caroline Aileen Solonenko May 25, 2019 11:49 AM (3 months ago)

    When will the chipping be on Kingswood Rd?

  • Joanne and Ann May 3, 2019 12:36 PM (4 months ago)

    The trail between Rae road and dogwood place has a lot of deadfall from winter storms and yard waste has been dumped at the foot of dogwood beside the trail . Can these areas be addressed in this program? These trail areas
    are heavily used and are a risk for the neighbourhood

  • james gracie Apr 28, 2019 9:51 AM (4 months ago)

    Can the chipper visit the Garibaldi community garden , because there is a rowing pile of brush along the golf club fenceline??

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