FireSmart

Be FireSmart:

Wildfires can quickly spread from the forest to a community, becoming what is known as an “interface fire”. In the interface, where the wilderness and urban development meet, it is crucial that homeowners take the time to FireSmart their properties.

Community Chipper Days

Stay tuned for 2021 dates.

 

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. 

structure survival stats
(source:
https://firesmartbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Wildfire-Structure-Survival-Statistics.pdf)

FireSmart is a program developed by FireSmart Canada and FireSmart BC to help homeowners living in or near forested areas identify and address wildfire threats on their property.

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 to better defend your home.

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 What you can do: 

You and your neighbours have major a role to play in reducing the wildfire threat to your home. Changes made to the area closest to your home have the greatest impact on reducing the risk of wildfire damage. Ready to start making changes to protect your home?

Step 1: Complete the FireSmart Home Assessment or download the “FireSmart Begins at Home” App

Step 2: Identify which changes will make the greatest difference in reducing our home’s risk from wildfire.

Step 3: Check local and provincial regulations relating to the actions planned for your property. Open the Regulatory Considerations checklist.

 

actions regulatory consideratins

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Some Considerations

What the District of Squamish is doing: 

The District of Squamish has been working towards making Squamish a FireSmart Community. In 2018 and 2019, Squamish Fire Rescue launched the "Community Chipper Days" pilot project. Residents in select neighbourhoods identified in our Community Wildfire Protection Plan as being at a higher wildfire risk were encouraged to FireSmart their property and dispose of tree limbs, branches at the curbside for chipping during specified times.

In 2018, Squamish Fire Rescue made a joint purchase of a Structural Protection Trailer with Whistler Fire Rescue. This trailer is equipped to help protect homes from an approaching wildfire threat.

The District of Squamish continues to work towards educating homeowners about FireSmart, particularly in those high-risk areas, in addition to applying FireSmart principals to District green spaces.

The development permit area will help ensure that new buildings will utilize best practices for building on the wildland/urban interface.

The District of Squamish is also working with consultants on fuel mitigation prescriptions and thinning treatments in selected high-risk areas identified in the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).

The District of Squamish has received a grant from the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) to carry out the fuel mitigation prescriptions and treatments in 2020-2021.

Suggested timeline of Firesmart actions for residents of Squamish. 
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Firesmart suggested timeline

 

Helpful Resources

 Download FireSmart Homeowner's manual to begin your FireSmart journey and better protect your home.

 Watch this brief video for an overview of FireSmart practices and what you can do at home.

 Checkout the Get FireSmart podcast

 

Thinking of renovating or rebuilding? Download the FireSmart Home Development Guide.

Find FireSmart plant suggestions for your yard. Download the FireSmart Guide to Landscaping


 What the District of Squamish is doing: 

The District of Squamish has been working towards making Squamish a FireSmart Community. In 2018 and 2019, Squamish Fire Rescue launched the "Community Chipper Days" pilot project. Residents in select neighbourhoods identified in our Community Wildfire Protection Plan as being at a higher wildfire risk were encouraged to FireSmart their property and dispose of tree limbs, branches at the curbside for chipping during specified times.

In 2018, Squamish Fire Rescue made a joint purchase of a Structural Protection Trailer with Whistler Fire Rescue. This trailer is equipped to help protect homes from an approaching wildfire threat.

The District of Squamish continues to work towards educating homeowners about FireSmart, particularly in those high-risk areas, in addition to applying FireSmart principals to District green spaces.

The development permit area will help ensure that new buildings will utilize best practices for building on the wildland/urban interface.

The District of Squamish is also working with consultants on fuel mitigation prescriptions and thinning treatments in selected high-risk areas identified in the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).

The District of Squamish has received a grant from the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) to carry out the fuel mitigation prescriptions and treatments in 2020-2021.