Updated October 14, 2021
British Columbia has experienced one of the driest and most active wildfire seasons on record. The climate change emergency, higher temperatures and drought conditions are all leading causes of aggressive fire behaviour and longer wildfire seasons.
Preparing for the threat of wildfire is a shared responsibility. From homeowners to businesses and government we all have the responsibility to reduce the impacts of wildfire within our community.
District Seeks Resident Input on FireSmart Program Development
Thursday, October 14, 2021 – The District of Sooke is developing a FireSmart program thanks to funding from the Union of British Columbia Municipalities and their (UBCM) FireSmart Economic Recovery Fund grant.
- Residents can provide feedback through a short online form at letstalk.sooke.ca/firesmart until November 7, 2021. PARTICIPATE NOW >>
FireSmart is about increasing community wildfire resiliency. The Sooke Fire Rescue Department is launching a FireSmart Program to help educate and support residents to reduce wildfire risk on their property and within the community. Over time, FireSmart principles have shown to be effective at reducing the risk related to losses in most extreme wildfire conditions.
10 FireSmart Steps to Start Today:
- Move firewood 10–30 metres from your home.
- Clean your roof and gutters of leaves & pine needles.
- Have a wildfire evacuation plan with your household.
- Regularly cut and maintain grass (less than 10 cm tall).
- Trim and prune any trees or vegetation that overhang your roof.
- Take inventory of what kind of trees grow on your property. Some trees are more flammable such as pine where trees that are more resistant to fires are birch and aspen.
- Everyone in your household should knows where the gas, electric, and water shut off valves are during an emergency.
- Assess your roof and chimney. Is your roof clean? Do you have a spark arrestor? Having a clean, protected roof can significantly improve the chances of the entire structure surviving.
- Relocate propane tanks 10-30 meters from your home.
- Conduct a full FireSmart assessment of your home and property by downloading the FireSmart Homeowner’s Manual to assess and FireSmart your home.
- Prepare your friends, family, and household.
Several publications are available, both online and in print form to assist the public in preparing for all emergencies including a wildfire. Visit our Emergency Planning page to learn more about other resources.
- Prepare your pets, hobby farm, and livestock.
- Prepare for Your Pets
- Provincial Support for Livestock Relocation
- Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team
- Prepare your home.
FireSmarting your property will dramatically decrease the risk of wildfire burning down your home. The sparks and embers from a wildfire can travel up to 2 km which can ignite materials close to home. The following FireSmart guidelines can help assess and protect your home and minimize your wildfire risk.
- FireSmart BC Homeowner’s Manual
- FireSmart Landscaping Guide
- FireSmart Home Ignition Zone Poster
- Last-Minute Wildfire Evacuation Checklist
Did you know that a Sooke FireSmart community representative can conduct an on-site assessment of your home for free? They will inspect your home and create an action report of steps you can take to FireSmart your home. Request a Free FireSmart Home Assessment by contacting the Sooke Fire Rescue Department today at 250.642.5422.
- Visit FireSmart BC
- Visit FireSmart Canada
- Visit FireSmart Canada YouTube channel
- Register for a FREE online FireSmart 101 Course online presented by FireSmart BC
- Call the Sooke Fire Rescue Department and ask for your local FireSmart Coordinator.
- Phone: 250-642-5422
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2205 Otter Point Road, Sooke, BC, V9Z 1J2