Wildfires & FireSmart

Nelson is at high risk of wildfire impacting our community. A recent Nelson Star article paints a clear picture of why Nelson and area residents must be fire smart and proactive.

An interface fire is a forest fire (also called a wildfire) that has encroached upon or otherwise threatens a residential area, such as Nelson. Because of our typically hot, dry summer weather and our proximity to heavily fueled forests, Nelson homeowners need to take preventative measures to protect themselves and others from encroaching wildfires.

There are things homeowners and business owners can do to protect their, and their neighbours’, property, such as clearing away dry branches and yard waste, which could ignite from a wildfire ember shower. Up to 90 % of homes lost in a wildfire are due to hot embers being blown from up to 2 kms away. FireSmart educates property owners about ways to minimize this risk.

Nelson residents can request a free FireSmart home and property assessment by calling Nelson Fire & Rescue Services at (250) 352-3103.

About FireSmart

FireSmart is an awareness program that provides communities and individual homeowners with simple steps to reduce the impact of wildfires before they occur. The City of Nelson has a

Community Wildfire Protection Plan, which outlines risk areas and identifies ways to mitigate that risk.

The FireSmart Homeowner's Manual  offers an excellent set of guidelines to prepare your yard and home for the fire season. Download the Home and Site Hazard Assessment [PDF - 47 KB] checklist included in the FireSmart guide. Complete the assessment to give yourself an idea of the potential risk your home faces should an interface fire situation develop in the Nelson area. Look over the FireSmart Landscaping Guide to learn about landscaping options for a FireSmart property.

Shaw TV visited the City of Fernie this past year and produced this great short video on the FireSmart Program.

Emergency/ Wildfire Preparedness

Quick tips:

  • Check your roof and gutters to ensure that they are clean of needle and leaf debris
  • Prune trees and manage undergrowth within 10 meters of your home
  • Have a garden hose readily available
  • Bring your yard waste to the transfer station.

To learn more about how you can prepare yourself and your family check out Emergency Management & Preparedness.

Check  City of Nelson Emergency Messages for wildfire orders or notices that affect the residents of Nelson. Regional wildfire information can be found at the BC Forest Service—Wildfire Management Branch.


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