Fire Prevention

FireSmart Ambassadors Ready to Assess Your Home
FireSmart P
rogram:  June - September 2017

The Regional District of Central Kootenay would like to invite residents to participate in a FireSmart assessment of their property. The recommendations of the FireSmart assessment will help reduce the risk of wildfire near your home and nearby neighbourhood and provide a better opportunity to defend your home from a wildfire.   

How does a FireSmart assessment work?

Paige Thurston and Ryan Tennant, our FireSmart Ambassadors will coordinate a mutually convenient time to meet with you at your property.

During the assessment, they will discuss wildfire behavior dynamics and the ways a wildfire could affect your home.

Next, they will complete a walkthrough of your property, identifying potential hazards, fuel sources and other things that could put your home at risk in the event of a wildfire.

They will offer constructive feedback, including achievable short and long term changes that could be made to help mitigate the risk of wildfire near your home. Often, these are simple, inexpensive changes that can be implemented quite easily.  

After the assessment is complete, they will create a report for you that outlines their observations and recommendations. They can also provide other information that can be used to help make your home FireSmart, including landscaping guides and information on setting up home sprinkler systems.

This service is being offered through the RDCK free of charge to residents in all electoral areas of the RDCK.

Prepare for Wildfires

Wildfires are unpredictable, but you can take steps to create defensible space around your home to reduce an approaching wildfire's volatility. Take a wildfire safety quiz, assess your home's structural and site hazards, and learn the steps you can take to reduce your home's succeptibility to fire.

Download the FireSmart Homeowner’s Manual

Find out how FireSmart principles can protect your community

To learn more about FireSmart initiatives across Canada, check out Fire Smart Canada

Guide to Open Burning & Fire Conditions



in our area by visiting BC Wildfire Services        

or call 1-888-336-7378




Find out about local, up-to-date


by visiting BC Wildfire Services.



The provincial government sets burning restrictions through BC WILDFIRE SERVICE.  Below are links providing current information.

For a poster explaining open burning regulations, and the differences between fire categories, click here.

Find out more about the venting index.

Please remember, the BC government is taking a tougher stand to discourage behaviour that contributes to increased wildfire risks, to help protect communities, natural resources and infrastructure from wildfire damage.

There are now significantly increased ticket fines for 19 different violations under the Wildfire Act and for seven different violations under Wildfire Regulation.


The content on this page was last updated September 26 2017 at 9:41 AM