FireSmart Program

The threat of wildfire is always a possibility in our community. It is important to consider preventative measures in advance. In dry years, residents should be aware of and united against the problems related to wildfire. There should be an awareness of preventative actions that can be taken in advance.

Forest and prairie wildfires are capable of spreading at an astonishing rate. Crowning wildfires often spread at rates of 7 kilometers per hour, and can potentially send embers as far as 2 kilometers ahead of the fire. Wind-blown prairie fires can travel at speeds in excess of 10 kilometers per hour.

In Alberta, 50 per cent of wildfires are caused by human activity. The remaining 50 per cent are sparked naturally by lightning.

Over the last 10 years, an average of 1,300 wildfires a year have burned 210,000 hectares of forest annually in Alberta. Wildfires have forced the evacuation of thousands of people from their communities, and have even destroyed homes.
We live in a forested area and may be more likely to encounter a wildfire. The best way to protect yourself against loss, damage or injury is to practice FireSmart principles on your property. By following FireSmart principles, you can help reduce the risk.

For more information, there are two excellent websites that you can visit:

Please take some time to go through these websites and familiarize yourself with the things that you can do to help mitigate the risks of fire.