Historic investments help B.C. prepare for wildfire season (flickr.com)

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Backgrounders

FireSmart Community Funding and Supports eligibility

Mitigating wildfire risks is a shared responsibility of the provincial government, local governments, First Nations, industry, stakeholders and individual British Columbians.

FireSmart is the Canadian standard recognized by all provinces and territories for reducing wildfire risks. It is based on National Fire Protection Association standards that have evolved over the past 40 years.

Recipients can use the grant funds for wildfire risk reduction and fire prevention activities related to the FireSmart Community Funding and Supports stream nine eligible funding areas:

  • education
  • vegetation management (reducing accumulations of flammable materials on the landscape)
  • community planning
  • development considerations (looking at ways that local governments could regulate development to incorporate FireSmart principles)
  • inter-agency co-operation
  • FireSmart training and cross-training
  • emergency management planning
  • FireSmart projects for critical infrastructure
  • FireSmart activities for residential areas

Individual British Columbians can play a crucial role in mitigating wildfire risks on private property by undertaking FireSmart initiatives around their homes. The FireSmart homeowner’s manual includes a checklist to assess potential wildfire risks and advice on reducing those threats. The manual and more information about the FireSmart program are available here: https://firesmartbc.ca/

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