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FireSmart

Free FireSmart Assessment

KFR and the City want to help homeowners FireSmart their properties by offering free FireSmart assessments. Homeowners and property management companies are invited to call 250-828-3472 to book a free assessment or to submit a request online.

Request a FireSmart Assessment

FireSmart is living with and managing for wildfire in your area and on your property. Becoming wildfire resilient is a shared responsibility across BC. FireSmart and its seven disciplines is an all-encompassing program, extending from the individual homeowner level up to a landscape land management level. FireSmart principles have shown that they are effective at reducing the risk to life and property in the most extreme wildfire conditions. The FireSmart program is backed by a vast amount of field, laboratory and wildfire modelling research. Its methods help reduce the risk of losses under even the most extreme fire conditions.

Visit the City's Let's Talk site to ask questions, view FAQs, watch videos, and access quick links to the provincial and national FireSmart program. 

Steps for Creating a FireSmart Property

The Non-Combustible Zone (Home-1.5 metres)

Reduce the chance of wind-blown embers igniting materials near your home by creating a non-combustible surface that extends around the entire home and any attachments, such as decks. 

  • Clear vegetation and combustible material down to mineral soil
  • Use non-combustible materials such as gravel, brick, or concrete to add to your landscape design
  • Avoid woody shrubs, trees, or tree branches

Zone 1 (1.5-10 metres)

  • Remove debris such as leaves, twigs and needles from around the house and under decks.
  • Keep lawns mowed and irrigated, and choose FireSmart plants for your yard.
  • Enclose decks with non-combustible materials to discourage the collection of debris and embers.
  • Keep firewood piles and other items stacked a least 10 metres from the house, especially during wildfire season.
  • Ensure a clean, fire-resistant roof and clean eaves.
  • Enclose soffits and vents to ensure embers cannot enter.
  • Remove trees, bushes, and other combustible materials from the first 10 metres around home (i.e Junipers and Cedars).
  • Don’t forget to consider any buildings or fences within 10 metres of the home and take steps to FireSmart them as well.

Zone 2 (10-30 metres)

  • Remove accumulations of branches, needles, dry grass and other debris from the ground.
  • Remove vegetation and small trees that may act as a “ladder”, carrying fire into the treetops.
  • Space trees 3 metres apart and prune branches within 2 metres of the ground. Deciduous trees (having leaves) are an exception; they help to hinder fire spread, so their removal is discouraged.

Zone 3 (30-100 metres)

  • Remove vegetation and small trees that may act as a “ladder”, carrying fire into the treetops.
  • Space trees 3 metres apart and prune branches within 2 metres of the ground. Deciduous trees (having leaves) are an exception; they help to hinder fire spread, so their removal is discouraged.

FireSmart Guide to Landscaping

Learn more about what the City of Kamloops is doing to reduce the risk of interface fires here.

FireSmart Homeowner's Manual

The FireSmart Manual has many useful tips for preparing your home in order to reduce wildfire risk. Many of these preventative measures cost very little and can potentially reduce fire dangers by a great deal. Others require planning and long-term commitment to change. The manual will provide practical and affordable ways to prepare your home and property.

More information can also be found at FireSmart Canada.

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