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FireSmart Neighbourhoods: British Columbia

British Columbia is proud to be a part of the FireSmart Canada Neighbourhood Recognition Program since 2012.

As neighbourhoods receive recognition awards we will be posting them here.

Want to speak with your Provincial Liaison about becoming a FireSmart Neighbourhood?

Your Provincial Liaisons are Quentin Nelson and Amanda Reynolds

Congratulations to the following British Columbia local government recipients of the FireSmart Community Protection Achievement Award:

  • District of Logan Lake- 2013
  • Village of Salmo- 2015
  • City of Namaimo- 2015
  • City of Kamloops- 2016
  • District of Peachland- 2016
  • City of Pentiction- 2016
  • Village of Burns Lake- 2016, 2019
  • Village of Lumby- 2016
  • Skeetchestn Band and Area- 2017
  • Neighbourhood of Robson- 2017
  • Town of Lake Cowichan- 2017
  • Resort Municipality of Whistler- 2018
  • Village of Harrison Hot Springs – 2019
  • District of Mackenzie – 2019
  • District of West Vancouver – 2019
  • Village of Slocan Valley – 2020
  • Village of Silverton – 2020
  • Village of New Denver – 2020

Congratulations to the following British Columbia neighbourhoods for becoming FireSmart Recognized Neighbourhoods:

  • Whispering Pines First Nation – 2013, 2014
  • Coldwater First Nation- 2014, 2016, 2018
  • Nooaitch First Nation- 2014, 2016, 2017
  • Esk’etmc First Nation- 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • T’it’q’et First Nation- 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
  • Shacken First Nation- 2013, 2014, 2017
  • Sekw’el’was First Nation- 2014
  • Xwisten First Nation- 2013, 2014, 2019
  • Ts’kw’aylaxw- 2014, renewal 2016
  • Anarchist Mountain- 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Quail Ridge- 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019
  • Queens Bay- 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Rushmere- 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Skeetchestn First Nation- 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Cayoose Creek Band First Nation- 2015, 2017
  • Little Shuswap Lake First Nation- 2016
  • Tsal’alh First Nation- 2016
  • Nazko First Nation-  2016
  • Xaxli’p First Nation- 2016, 2017, 2018
  • SXFN Canoe Creek Band First Nation- 2016, 2017
  • Gallagher’s Canyon- 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Predator Ridge- 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Akisqnuk First Nation- 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Steelhead- 2016
  • Penticton Indian Band First Nation- 2016
  • Piers Island- 2016, renewals 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Loring Way/Ponderosa Heights Neighbourhood-Lytton- 2016, 2017
  • Lytton First Nation- 2016, 2017, 2020
  • Sendero Canyon, Penticton- 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Eastgate- 2017, renewals 2018, 2019
  • Mountain Street, Robson-2017
  • Post Creek- 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Spiller Drive, Penticton- 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Riddle Road, Penticton- 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Woodbury Village, Kaslo- 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Kaslo Back Road- 2017, 2018
  • Black Bear, Rossland- 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Shuswap Band First Nation- 2017
  • Iron Colt, Rossland- 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • McLeod East, Rossland- 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Woodland Shores- 2017, 2019
  • Brookside Village- 2017
  • Lambs Hill- 2017
  • The Slopes- 2017
  • Sunny Beach Estates- 2017
  • CastleRock Estates- 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Castle Mountain- 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Splatsin First Nation- 2018
  • Polar Peak, Fernie- 2018, 2019
  • Upper Alpine Trail, Fernie- 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Canyon Trail, Fernie- 2018, 2019
  • Husula Highlands- 2018
  • Ashcroft Indian Band- 2018
  • Parkland Terrace- 2018, 2019
  • Huntsfield- 2018
  • Chu Chua-Simpcw First Nation- 2018, 2019
  • Loki Lots, Kaslo- 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Boothroyd Indian Band- 2018
  • Bonaparte Indian Band- 2018
  • The Middle Road, Nelson- 2018, 2019
  • Nadleh Whuten First Nation- 2018
  • Stellat’en First Nation- 2018
  • Sunrise, Whistler- 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Eagle Ridge Strata- 2018, 2019
  • Ridgemont Crescent, Fernie- 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Silverstar Mountain Resort- 2018, 2020
  • Kaleden- 2018, 2019

 

  • Missezula Lake, 2019
  • Martin Park Drive, Black Creek- 2019, 2020
  • Williston Crescent, Mackenzie, 2019, 2020
  • Thunder Ridge, Fernie- 2019, 2020
  • Timberline Condos, Fernie- 2019, 2020
  • Sunset Properties, Vernon- 2019, 2020
  • Juniper Drive, Penticton- 2019, 2020
  • Spuzzum First Nation- 2019, 2020
  • Wasa Lake- 2019, 2020
  • 19 Mile Townhomes, Whistler- 2019, 2020
  • Fissile Lane (Strata Corp VR1338), Whistler- 2019
  • Pine Ridge, Kaslo- 2019, 2020
  • Smoketree Village (VR979), Delta- 2019
  • The Heights, Whistler- 2019
  • Kirkup McLeod, Rossland- 2019, 2020
  • Red Mountain, Rossland- 2019, 2020
  • Earl Davis, Rossland- 2019, 2020
  • Upper West Spokane (Rossland)- 2019, 2020
  • Upper Princeton South (Peachland)- 2019, 2020
  • Okanagan Centre, Lake Country- 2019
  • The Glades, Whistler- 2019
  • Spider Lake, Qualicum Beach- 2019, 2020
  • 100 Houses, Lake Cowichan- 2019
  • Brookside, Lake Cowichan- 2019
  • Johel Road, Lake Cowichan- 2019
  • Kanaka Bar Indian Band- 2019
  • Kingfisher, Enderby- 2019
  • West Arrow Park, Nelson- 2019, 2020
  • Carr’s Landing, Lake Country- 2019
  • Deer Ridge, Summerland- 2019, 2020
  • Sykes Crescent, Keremeos- 2019
  • Indian River Co-op, Duncan- 2019
  • Khowhemun, Cowichan- 2019
  • Somena, Cowichan- 2019
  • Quamichan, Cowichan- 2019
  • Koksilah, Cowichan- 2019
  • Indian Road, Cowichan- 2019
  • Mountainside Area North, Fairmont Hot Springs- 2019
  • Mountainside Area South, Fairmont Hot Springs- 2019
  • Meadows Strata, Fairmont Hot Springs- 2019
  • Riverview, Fairmont Hot Springs- 2019

 

FireSmart Provincial Representative for British Columbia

Amanda Reynolds
Organization: BC Wildfire Service
Email: BCWS.PreventionComms@gov.bc.ca
Phone: 250-319-2480

Prior to entering into the BC Wildfire Service, I was a high school teacher in Vancouver, BC. My partner and I relocated to Prince George 4 years ago, which was when I applied to the BCWS. Initially hired as a dispatcher, I transitioned into the role of Communication Specialist for the Prince George Fire Zone. I’ve had 3 wild seasons in the Communication role, which has taught me a significant amount in terms of operations, logistics, communication and integration with stakeholders. Last Fall I was invited to the FireSmart conference in Fort McMurray, which was an incredible opportunity and my first big exposure to the world of prevention and FireSmart. Through these experiences and exposures, I’ve realized my passion is public education, prevention of wildfire and building resilient neighbourhoods. I am very excited to be in this role, as it ties in with what I am most passionate about: education and prevention.

 

 

 

 

Quentin Nelson
Organization:  First Nations Emergency Services (FNESS)
Email: qnelson@fness.bc.ca
Phone: 250-377-7600

Quentin Nelson is a Forester in Training (FIT) and a Forest Fuel Management Liaison with First Nations’ Emergency Services Society of BC (FNESS), where he has been since 2019. In 2018, he took the Local FireSmart Representative training and became a certified LFR. He has a Forestry Diploma and most recently in 2019, he completed his bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Science. He works and lives in Kamloops, BC.

In his current role with FNESS, one of his duties is to be an advocate for FireSmart, which is something he wholeheartedly believes in. What tends to work for him when engaging with First Nations communities on the road is to conduct a Neighbourhood Wildfire Hazard Assessment to help jump-start their FireSmart path. This creates opportunity for communities to apply to the Community Resiliency Investment (CRI) program to pursue funding to carry out an array of FireSmart activities so they can work towards achieving greater neighbourhood resilience in the event of a wildfire. As of January 2021, he became the FireSmart Canada Provincial Liaison for First Nations communities in BC. Long-term, he would love to see every single neighbourhood adopt FireSmart principles and work towards becoming FireSmart recognized.

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Neighbourhoods, subdivisions, and small towns in areas of Canada prone to wildfire can earn FireSmart Neighbourhood recognition status by meeting the following criteria:

  • Enlisting a wildland/urban interface specialist to complete an assessment and create a plan that identifies locally agreed-upon solutions that the neighbourhood can implement.
  • Sponsoring a local FireSmart Board which maintains the FireSmart Neighbourhood Plan and tracks its progress or status.
  • Conducting FireSmart Events each year that are dedicated to a local FireSmart project.
  • Investing a minimum of $2.00 annually per capita in local FireSmart Neighbourhood efforts. This is surprisingly easy to do since volunteer time is credited at $24.17 per hour (2017 amount).
  • Submitting an annual report to FireSmart Canada documenting continuing compliance with the program.
  • If your neighbourhood has a head start on FireSmart already and can document your efforts, this can also be recognized.

Becoming FireSmart takes time and coordination with your neighbours and others, but getting started is actually quite straightforward. Following these steps, your neighbourhood will be on its way toward becoming FireSmart.

  1. Contact FireSmart – A neighbourhood representative (you or another interested member of your neighbourhood) phones FireSmart Canada at 780-718-5355 or completes an on-line request for contact by the Local FireSmart Representative on the FireSmart Canada website – www.firesmartcanada.ca
  2. Site Visit – Your Local FireSmart Representative, a specialist in wildland/urban interface (WUI) fire, will visit your area and assess wildfire hazards.
  3. Neighbourhood Representation – At the same time, your Neighbourhood Champion (again, this could be you) recruits others from your neighbourhood to create a FireSmart Board which will include other homeowners and fire professionals and possibly land managers, planners and members of other interest groups.
  4. Assessment & Evaluation – The Local FireSmart Representative completes the wildfire hazard assessment and evaluation of the neighbourhood's wildfire readiness and schedules a meeting with your local FireSmart Board to present the assessment for review and acceptance by the Board.
  5. Moving Forward/Creating A Plan – Your local FireSmart Board develops a FireSmart Neighbourhood Plan (a set of solutions to its WUI fire issues based on the Local FireSmart Representative’s report). All members of the FireSmart Board must concur with the final plan which is presented to and approved by the provincial/territorial FireSmart Liaison. The Local FireSmart Representative may work with your neighbourhood to seek project implementation funds if needed.
  6. Implement Solutions – Solutions from your FireSmart Neighbourhood Plan are implemented following a schedule designed by your FireSmart Board, who will be responsible for maintaining the program into the future.
  7. Apply for Recognition – FireSmart Neighbourhood recognition status is achieved after your neighbourhood submits its application form along with a completed FireSmart Neighbourhood Plan and FireSmart Event documentation to your Local FireSmart Representative. Use the on-line form available on the FireSmart Canada website – www.firesmartcanada.ca
  8. Renewing Your Recognition Status – Annual renewal of your recognition is completed by submitting documentation of your neighbourhood's continued participation to the provincial/territorial FireSmart Liaison. Use the on-line form available on the FireSmart Canada website – www.firesmartcanada.ca

Check the FireSmart Neighbourhood Recognition Program area of this website to learn how to talk to your neighbours about FireSmart, and explore what it means to become a recognized FireSmart Neighbourhood. The FireSmart Neighbourhood Recognition Program provides a simple template that neighbourhoods can use to take action to protect homes from brush, grass and forest fires.

For more information on the FireSmart Canada Neighbourhood Recognition Program – click  here Information Available includes:

Individual forms from – A User Reference Guide to the FireSmart Canada Neighbourhood Recognition Program are available: