FireSmart Program

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FireSmart is a community led program intended to educate, promote, and implement wildfire mitigation efforts.  The Village of Nakusp and the Nakusp and Area Community Forest have created a FireSmart Program to:

  • Engage the community in wildfire prevention and planning
  • Develop a Community FireSmart Plan
  • Conduct education and outreach activities promoting FireSmart principles
  • Effectively reduce the wildfire hazard in the Village and surrounding 2km area

FireSmart homes and neighbourhoods allow fire fighters to concentrate on fighting the wildfire – which ultimately saves more homes and lives.  Communities whose residents take steps to reduce their vulnerability have a greater chance of surviving a wildfire without the intervention of the fire department.  The program draws on a community’s spirit and its willingness to take responsibility for reducing wildfire risks.

Have you prepared your home for a forest fire?  Do you know what to look for?  Contact your local FireSmart Coordinator, Bree Lillies, for help assessing your home: firesmartnakusp@gmail.com or call 250-354-8120.  A few easy, low cost improvements could save your home and community from a wildfire.

Upcoming events:
July 1st Farmer’s Market in Nakusp – Stop by and visit the FireSmart educational display and meet your local coordinator!
June 26 – September 15 – The FireSmart Coordinator is available for site assessments for homeowners as requested. Site assessments will help individuals determine how to FireSmart their property.

Other upcoming events (dates TBA):
FireSmart Community Champion Training
FireSmart Information Session
School District 10 classroom visits
FireSmart Event with our local Fire Department