30 Nov Highlights from the recent FireSmart presentation
A bit about your FireSmart Committee…..
We are a volunteer board with a goal of improving the safety of the Bragg Creek area by developing options related to wildfire threat and community protection. We do this by consulting with the community and by providing feedback to Rocky View Fire Services.
Here’s what we’ve accomplished since our committee was established in April.
- Emergency Management Open House (July) where residents could hear about plans and processes in case of an emergency here.
- Chipper Weekend (September) where residents could bring their tree and shrub trimmings to be chipped and disposed of for free.
- Elkana Demo Forest cleaned up. This forest is for anyone to take a walk through and see what a FireSmart forest looks like.
- ~20 home assessments conducted so far which give homeowners customized advice on how they can reduce the risk of their home igniting in a wildfire. (You can book a FireSmart Inspection through RockyView’s website – search for FireSmart.)
- Four new Wildfire Danger signs to be installed shortly.
- Getting the message out through High Country News stories, speaking at meetings, and by engaging with volunteers and interested residents.
- Behind the scenes, some of us attended the FireSmart Canada Community Series in Fort MacMurray and met with the Canmore/Banff Fire Chiefs to learn more about what others are doing. We’re also working on securing funding for our 2019 initiatives.
Here’s a snapshot of what’s coming up….
FireSmart is about living with wildfire on the landscape. Fire is natural and important for ecological reasons but we need to reduce the risk of homes and structures igniting and ensure our safety. There are limits to wildfire suppression so FireSmart focuses on creating more resilient communities.