Wildland / Urban Interface Areas
FireSmart™ Ambassadors will be knocking on doors as part of a new wildfire-prevention program rolling out across Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Anmore and Belcarra.
As forest fires rage across B.C., the Northeast Sector FireSmart Program has begun to deliver public education and free property risk assessments to homes in wildland-urban interface zones – where development meets natural areas.
The program is funded through a joint $496,900 provincial FireSmart Economic Recovery Fund grant received this summer by Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Anmore and Belcarra to create jobs and improve wildfire resiliency through residential property assessments, public outreach and infrastructure improvements.
Reduce Your Home and Community’s Wildfire Risk
The devastation caused by wildfires is evident across the province, and the risk is not limited to remote communities. An estimated 5,000 properties in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Anmore and Belcarra are located in wildland-urban interface areas and at a greater risk for wildfires, which could then spread to neighbouring areas.
Property owners can play an important role in reducing the risk to their homes and neighbourhoods, such as by removing potential fuel sources and choosing fire-resistant building materials.
FireSmart Ambassadors will be canvassing at-risk neighbourhoods to provide information about wildfire prevention and to offer free property assessments by a trained FireSmart representative, who will identify wildfire risks and measures to reduce them.
While there is no requirement for property owners to follow the advice, financial support is available for seniors (aged 65 and over) who want to make the recommended changes.
Other upcoming FireSmart community outreach will include pop-up community information sessions. Dates and locations will be posted at northeastsector.ca and shared through social media and local community news publications.