FireSmart

Steps for Creating a FireSmart Property

Zone 1 (Home-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.

Firesmart Manual