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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-354-8120. A few easy, low cost improvements could save your home and community from a wildfire.