FireSmart

Steps for creating a FireSmart propertyZone 1 Home to 10 meters

  • Remove debris such as leaves, twigs and needles from around the house and under decks.
  • Keep lawns mowed and irrigated.
  • Enclose decks with non-combustible materials to discourage the collection of debris and embers.
  • Keep firewood piles and other items stacked a least 10 meters 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.
  • Ensure trees and shrubs are pruned, branches do not contact the home and they are not connected to the surrounding forest - minimum 3 meters between it and the forest.
  • Don’t forget to consider any buildings or fences within 10 meters of the home and take steps to FireSmart them as well.

  • 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 meters apart and prune branches within 2 meters of the ground. Deciduous trees (having leaves) are an exception; they help to hinder fire spread, so their removal is discouraged.

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

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.

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