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: 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

Download the 2008 Community Wildfire Protection Plan for the Village of Nakusp