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FireSmart Program

In the summer of 2020, the Village of Hazelton and the District of New Hazelton hired a FireSmart educator.  The goal of the program was to increase awareness amongst residents of FireSmart and how it can be used to decrease the risk of wildfire to their home and property. This project wrapped up in September, 2020.  Stay tuned for future initiatives in the future. 

Learn more about FireSmart

With rising global temperatures, the risks of wildfire in BC is increasing each year. In just the past two years, over 600 homes were destroyed in wildfires, and two of the worst incidences in Canadian history have occurred in the past 20 years.

FireSmart is about reducing the threat of wildfire by taking simple steps around your home, property and community.  FireSmart is about increasing your community’s resilience to wildfire.

“When fires strike, the homes that are prepared are the homes left standing.” 

Check out this Hazeltons FireSmart video by clicking here.

Firesmart BC has a homeowners guide to how to FireSmart your property. Pick up a copy today at the Village office or download a copy from firesmartbc.ca

Top 10 tips to FireSmart your home:

  • Move firewood 10-30 meters from your home
  • Clean your roof and gutters of leaves & pine needles
  • Have a wildfire evacuation plan with your household
  • Keep grass cut to less than 10 cm
  • Trim and prune any trees or vegetation that overhang your roof
  • Take inventory of what kind of trees grow on your property
  • Make sure everyone in your family knows where the gas, electric and water main shut offs are!
  • Assess your roof and chimney : Having a clean, protected roof can significantly improve the chances of the entire structure surviving
  • Move propane tanks 10-30 meters from your home
  • Conduct a FireSmart assessment of your home and property

Visit firesmartbc.ca to learn more

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