By taking action and creating a FireSmart property, you will dramatically increase the resistance of your home and property to damage caused by wildfire. The good news is, it’s surprisingly easy to do.
The FireSmart BC Homeowner’s Manual recommends actions starting from the home and progressing outwards. Changes made to the areas closest to the home, and your home itself, have the greatest potential to reduce the risk of wildfire damage.
The FireSmart BC Home Ignition Zone poster recommends creating a non-combustible zone around your home and any attachments (such as decks) and identifies three zones to reduce the risk of fire.
- Immediate Zone (0 m to 1.5 m): The Immediate Zone is a non-combustible area that starts at the house and extends to a 1.5 metre perimeter around the home and attached structures, including decks. Choose non-combustible building materials and vegetation.
- Intermediate Zone (1.5 m to 10 m): This area should be fire-resistant and free of combustible materials that could easily ignite.
- Extended Zone (10 m to 30 m): In this area, thin and prune evergreen trees to reduce fire hazards. Regularly clean up accumulations of fallen branches, dry grass and needles from the ground to eliminate potential surface fuels.
TNRD FireSmart Community Assessment Reports
FireSmart Community Assessment Reports were completed for 24 communities within the TNRD in 2019. The following reports are intended to be a resource for residents for creating a FireSmart Community Plan. A FireSmart Community Plan developed from this information should be implemented in a collaborative manner, and updated and modified as needed.
Each FireSmart Community Assessment Report provides a site description and assesses fuel types, topography, nearby combustibles and other data that could contribute to severity of interface wildfires. Further, each report provides recommendations for FireSmart practices and wildfire mitigation in their community.