Your home doesn't have to be right along parklands or undeveloped lands to be at risk. In the photo above, an ignited hedge from a flying ember threatens this home and surrounding neighbours because the hedge is too close to structures.
Many Kamloops residents live in or near forested areas. Wildland/Urban Interface is the area where flammable forest fuels such as trees, shrubs and branches and improvements, such as houses, sheds and fences come together.
In BC, some 2500 forest fires annually threaten and occasionally burn homes, summer cottages and cabins.
Priority Zone 1: Remove most trees and brush within 10 metres (30 feet) of structures.
Priority Zone 2: Thin trees and brush up to 30 metres (100 feet) of structures.
Everyone shares the responsibility of preserving life and property by planning for fire protection. If you live in a forested area, you need to minimize the risk.
For more information on the BC Forest Service Protection program, contact the office nearest you:
Kamloops Fire Centre
Kamloops, BC, 250-554-5500
BC Forest Service - Protection Program
Victoria, BC, 250-387-5965
Coastal Fire Centre
Parksville, BC, 250-951-4222
Northwest Fire Centre
Smithers, BC, 250-847-6600
Prince George Fire Centre
Prince George, BC, 250-565-6126
Southeast Fire Centre
Castlegar, BC, 250-365-4040
Cariboo Fire Centre
Williams Lake, BC, 250-989-2600