The Village of Salmo is encouraging residents to do their part to minimize the risk of wildfire to their home and neighbourhood by becoming FireSmart communities within the Salmo Fire Protection Area.
This summer, the RDCK’s Wildfire Mitigation Team is again providing FREE Home Assessments through their Home Partners program. This program is designed to support property owners in order keep the regions’s at-risk communities resilient to Wildfire.
Taking appropriate mitigation actions to the built fuels of your home, as well as the immediate vegetation surrounding them, is the single most important factor in a home surviving a wildfire of any size or magnitude. This has been proven by numerous studies and confirmed/tested regularly by catastrophic wildfires.
For more information or to book an assessment please call 250-352-1539 or go to RDCK.CA/FIRESMART Spread the word to your friends, family and neighbours!
What are the benefits of being a FireSmart Community?
While the benefits can vary, there are a number of positive outcomes experienced by communities that become members of the FireSmart Communities Program. Being “FireSmart”:
- Creates defensible space that prevents fires from advancing and endangering homes and lives.
- Reduces the probability that wind-driven embers falling far ahead of a wildfire will ignite a fire on or around your home.
- Improves property value while reducing risk of loss.
- Improves community relationships with local fire staff. Firefighters can concentrate their efforts on fighting wildfires rather than devoting often limited resources to protecting homes – which may ultimately be lost if the fire can’t be contained.
- Encourages good neighbours, since the more homes within a community that adopt “FireSmart” practices, the greater the impact on reducing the heat and speed of the fire.
- Offers peace of mind, knowing that your home is prepared to survive a wildfire in the event one should occur.
Information Bulletin Board
A Guide to Category 2 Fires
An open fire, excluding a campfire, that burns piled material no larger than two metres high and three metres wide, or grass over an area less than 0.2 hectares (2000 square metres) in size.
A Guide to Category 3 Fires
An open fire that burns material in piles larger than two metres high and three metres wide, windrows, or grass over an larger than 0.2 hectares (2000 square metres) in size.
Ministry of Environment Fact Sheet
The Ministry of Environment recently developed a fact sheet that outlines the environmental laws that apply to burning in BC.
The attached fact sheet deals with requirements under the Environmental Management Act and emphasizes that anyone burning material also must comply with any local bylaws that exist for fire protection and/or air quality.