FireSmart Canada

FireSmart Wildfire Exposure Assessment - Dr. Jen Beverly

FireSmart Community Series 2018

Wildfire Exposure Assessment is a planning tool that helps communities and industrial operators identify where wildfires are most likely to enter a community or facility so that these entry points can be prioritized for mitigation efforts. Two key questions are answered by an Exposure Assessment: Which locations in your community are exposed to potential ignition from wildfire? Which surrounding fuels are causing the exposure in these locations? If you are concerned about protecting your home, neighbourhood or other values from wildland fire, the findings of a Wildfire Exposure Assessment can help you take action – and this booklet explains how it all works.

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FireSmart Interagency Cooperation Presentation

FireSmart Community Series 2018

Stephen Fudge, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and Alan Gammon with Alberta Agriculture and Foresty map out the importance of communication, collaboration and cooperation with their approach to FireSmart in the region. 

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FireSmart Cross Training Presentation

FireSmart Legislation Presentation

FireSmart Development Presentation

FireSmart Vegetation Management Presentation

FireSmart Community Series 2018

Simon M. Landhäusser Ph.D., Dipl. Biol. (Professor – University of Alberta) and Wade Colwell RPF (Wildfire Technologist – Alberta Agriculture & Forestry) present on the species conversion project they have led in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area.

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FireSmart Emergency Planning Presentation

FireSmart Exposure Assessment

Manuals

Wildfire Exposure Assessment is a planning tool that helps communities and industrial operators identify where wildfires are most likely to enter a community or facility so that these entry points can be prioritized for mitigation efforts. Two key questions are answered by an Exposure Assessment: Which locations in your community are exposed to potential ignition from wildfire? Which surrounding fuels are causing the exposure in these locations? If you are concerned about protecting your home, neighbourhood or other values from wildland fire, the findings of a Wildfire Exposure Assessment can help you take action – and this booklet explains how it all works.

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FireSmart Home Development Guide

Manuals

Development standards play a significant role in reducing the potential impact a wildfire will have on a community. A building is more likely to be destroyed in a wildfire when it is located in a high-density area where fire is able to easily transfer from building to building. The potential for damage
intensifies when flammable building materials are used. The recommendations in this guide will reduce the risk of wildfire to your home and neighbourhood.

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FireSmart Cross Training Discipline Graphic

FireSmart Interagency Cooperation Discipline Graphic

FireSmart Development Discipline Graphic

FireSmart Legislation Discipline Graphic

FireSmart Vegetation Management Graphic

FireSmart Planning Discipline Graphic

FireSmart Education Discipline Graphic

FireSmart Home Ignition Zone Graphic

Posters and Graphics

FireSmart Home Ignition Zone Graphic - post-fire assessments and research have taught us that homes ignite due to the condition of the home itself, as well as everything around it, out to 100 metres from the foundation.

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FireSmart Combustible Siding Fact Sheet

Posters and Graphics

The FireSmart Combustible Siding Fact Sheet outlines the FireSmart minimum standards in the Home Ignition Zone if combustible siding is used.

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Local FireSmart Representative Workshop

FireSmart Home Partners Program brochure

Brochures

FireSmart Home Partners is a voluntary property assessment program that helps residents identify specific actions they can take on their property to reduce wildfire risks. 

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FireSmart Home Assessment

FireSmart Begins at Home Manual

Manuals

Wildfires are a natural part of Canada's wildland ecosystem. Without wildfire, the landscape loses its diversity. Wildfires recycle nutrients, help plants reproduce and create a mosaic of vegetation that provides habitat for a variety of wildlife.

By extending our lifestyles and communities further into forested areas, we become more exposed to the danger of wildfire. Living where wildfires can occur puts your home at risk, but it is possible to live safely with this natural event. The recommendations in this manual will reduce the risk of wildfire to your home and neighbourhood and help firefighters to defend your home.

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FireSmart Last-minute Wildfire Checklist

Posters and Graphics

The FireSmart Last-Minute Wildfire Checklist provides you with a list of things to do on your property, before being told to evacuate. Thank you to the Institute for Business and Home Safety for providing content for this checklist.

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FireSmart Priority Zones 2017

Posters and Graphics

New for 2017! FireSmart Priority Zones with the newly added Priority Zone 1A- Non- Combustible Zone. The newest research in determining what makes structures vulnerable to wildfire shows us that maintaining a combustible free zone within the first 1.5 metres (5 feet) from a structure is a critical addtition to the FireSmart Priority Zones. This new zone is called the Priority Zone 1A.

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Fire Behaviour Case Study of Two Early Winter Grass Fires in Southern Alberta,  27 November 2011

LFR Workshop particip list PA SASK 13-05-08

LFR Workshop particip list Ft. Smith NWT 13-05-01

Workshop Info - CC Workshop - Background & Syllabus / Agenda

Workshop Info - LFR workshop - Background & Syllabus / Agenda

FCCRP Becoming a Recognized FireSmart Community Brochure

Appendix 11:  Workshop Delivery Policy

Appendix 10:  Glossary of Commonly Used Terms

Appendix 7 + 8:  Volunteer Sign-up + Time Sheet with Volunteer & Resource Tracking Sheet on reverse

Appendix 5 + 6:  Community Recognition Renewal Application Form with Review Form on reverse

Appendix 2:  Community Assessment Report Template

Appendix 9:  Community Protection Achievement Certificate Nomination Form

Appendix 3 + 4:  Community Recognition Application Form + Application Review Form

Appendix 1:  FCCRP Community Wildfire Hazard Assessment Form

NWT Webpage Link for Wildland Fire Information

Fuel Treatments Reduce Wildfire Suppression Costs report May 2012

Partner in Protection Executive Director and President interviewed on CBC

Wildfire protection funding change helps communities in British Columbia

Commission rejects building code changes for wildfire-prone areas

FireSmart Farm and Acreage Magazine - Fall/Winter Edition

Partners in Protection Key Messages

Reduce Wildfire Damage by Preparing Residential and Commercial Property and Surroundings, says IBHS

Links

As wildfires continue to burn and threaten communities  in many regions around the country, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) is providing free resources to help home and business owners reduce their risk of damage.
This article highlights the findings from the IBHS Research Centre.

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Lone house, surrounded by scorched earth, survives wildfire

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This news story is from the 2012 wildfire in Washington State. This house was surrounded by wildfire but survived. (NBC News and wire services)

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Partners in Protection - Logo - PNG

Partners in Protection - Logo - EPS

Are You FireSmart?

Videos

Burn trials from the Northwest Territories demonstrate how fire burns in area with and without FireSmart treatments. See how fire acts in the wildland urban interface.

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FireSmart Opener

Videos

This video was developed in Alberta and demonstrates how wildland and structural fire fighters respond when a wildland urban interface occurs.

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Are you FireSmart - Thin to Win

Videos

This video from researchers will show you how fire burn in a forest where FireSmart recommendations have been implemented. Two case studies who you how fire burns.

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How to FireSmart Your Home

Videos

This video was developed by the Insurance Bureau of Canada. This video shows most of the major steps to be taken to make your house more resilient to approaching wildfires. Particularly useful for people who live in or nearby heavily forested areas

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Logan Lake -€“ In our Defence

Videos

Logan Lake has taken extensive FireSmart actions. Learn about their journey with FireSmart and their relationship with wildfire.

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Ciscoe on: Fire—Fire Resistant Homes

Videos

Ciscoe Morris talks about construction techniques to help make your house more resistant to wildfire. There are many things you can do to protect your home.

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Ciscoe on: Fire—Communities Taking Action

Videos

Ciscoe Morris talks about communities in the wildland urban interface, where the trees meet the eaves. It's important for homeowners to be prepared in the event of a wildfire. It will help your entire community to be more resistant to wildfire.

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Site Assessment

Manuals

This form will help you to assess the hazards present around home and structures.

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Area Assessment

Manuals

This form will help you to assess the hazards present lands adjacent to your home.

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Becoming a FireSmart Community

Manuals

This 8 page brochure outlines the steps to becoming a Recognized FireSmart Community. Share with your community and become a Recognized FireSmart Community this year.

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FireSmart Guide to Landscaping

Manuals

By making some strategic choices in your yard your can create a FireSmart landscape. The manual includes an extensive list of fire resistant plants and tips from landscaping material.

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FireSmart Around Your Home

Manuals

This leaflet briefly outlines the steps you can take around your home and yard to protect your home from wildfire.

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FireSmart Guidebook for the Oil and Gas Industry

Manuals

This guidebook was developed in partnership with Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, Partners in Protection, SEPAC and Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. In relation to Oil and Gas Industry, FireSmart is a proactive initiative that enhances safety and stewardship through the creation of best management practices aimed at the prevention and mitigation of wildfires.

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Nova Scotia - FireSmart info

FireWise USA

Yukon -€“ FireSmart info

Northwest Territories – FireSmart info

Ontario -€“ FireSmart info

Manitoba -€“ FireSmart info

Saskatchewan - FireSmart info

Alberta -€“ Wildfire Management Branch -€“ FireSmart info

British Columbia -€“ Wildfire Management Branch -€“ FireSmart info

FireSmart Farm and Ranch Magazine

Articles

This 44 page magazine has numerous articles on the unique considerations and needs of the farming and acreage community. Feature articles include:

  • Building blocks to FireSmart
  • Easy steps to make your burn barrel FireSmart
  • How to prepare to evacuate your family and your livestock

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Effectiveness of Stand Thinning as a Fuel Treatment in Jack pine/Black spruce

Articles

This project report from FP Innovations Wildfire Operations Research team considers how stand-thinning affects fire behaviour.

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Evaluating the effectiveness of FireSmart Priority Zones for Structure Protection

Articles

This project report from FP Innovations Wildfire Operations Research team studies and documents forest fuel removal and reduction as vegetation management strategies.

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NFPA Signs Agreement With Canadian Wildland Association

Videos

Molly Mowery, Firewise Associate Project Manager, explains NFPA's formalized relationship with the Canadian association, Partners in Protection, and NFPA's effort to address global challenges with regards to wildland fire safety.

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Communities taking action

Articles

Learn how the community of Gregg Lake in Alberta is taking simple actions to protect themselves from wildfire.

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Lest We Forget

Articles

This article by Marty Alexander provides and overview and summary of nine of the most devastating wildland fire disasters to have occurred in Canada and in some cases, adjoining areas of the United States, in the distant past.

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Fire behaviour in the thinned jack pine: two case studies of FireSmart treatments

Articles

This project report from FP Innovations Wildfire Operations Research team describes two test burns in Canada's Northwest Territories where a crown fire was burned into a fuel-managed plot following FireSmart guidelines.

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FireSmart Planning

Articles

Alberta has established a planning standard for communities in the wildland urban interface. By taking steps toward mitigation and preparedness your community can plan for FireSmart actions.

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FireSmart cabins at Cache Percotte Forest