About FireSmart Legislation
Post-fire studies, experiments and models have shown that homes ignite due to the condition of the structure and everything around it, up to 100 metres from the foundation. Legislation, bylaws, plans, policies and development standards all play a significant role in building and maintaining FireSmart neighbourhoods. Consideration of wildfire at the development planning stage is a key step in protecting neighbourhoods from wildfire.
There are many ways to integrate FireSmart principles into planning and development in a neighbourhood. Each neighbourhood must determine what mechanisms are most appropriate for achieving their FireSmart goals. Determining which mechanism will be most effective is at the discretion of local staff.