Be FireSmart: The Rural Reality
Wildland forest fires are capable of spreading at an astonishing rate. Crowning forest fires often spread at up to 5.5 kilometres per hour, with spotting as far as 2 km ahead. Wind blown grass fires can spread at speads up to 8.5 kilometres per hour!
If you live in or near a forested region – like we do here in the South Cariboo – sooner or later you may have to contend with the spread of a wildfire. The best protection against loss, damage or injury due to wildfire is prevention.
The following FireSmart recommendations can help reduce your risk.
Source: The Home Owners FireSmart Manual, B.C. Edition
To check out how well you are protected, take a quick test by answering a few questions about your specific home and site hazards here.
For more information about protecting your home and community from wildfire, you can order a detailed copy of “FireSmart – Protecting Your Community from Wildfire”. Copies are available from:
Partners in Protection
or you can download it from their website as a PDF (about 33MB! total). On request they will also send you a multimedia CD-ROM.
Another site of interest is the website of the BC Wildfire Management Branch. It gives more information on fire prevention, detection and suppression and burning and travel restrictions.
Wildfire Information Line: 1-888-3FOREST or 1-888-336-7378.