4. Wildfire

Potential Adaptation Strategies and Actions for Wildfire

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6.1 Implement a wildfire fuel reduction program

  • Develop a strategy to reduce fuel in the interface

  • Undertake a feasibility study on biomass energy potential based on trees identified for fuel reduction

6.2 Implement a FireSmart education program for residents

  • Develop FireSmart educational brochures, manuals, and webpages linked to the municipality’s website

  • Undertake annual FireSmart public workshops, field trips to schools and public events

  • Ensure all residents receive FireSmart education materials, including those in rural areas, elderly people and second homeowners

  • Ensure FireSmart education programs build and maintain support for interface fuel management

6.3 Ensure appropriate FireSmart development and renovations in high-risk fire areas

  • Update zoning bylaws to incorporate fire hazard objectives such as restricting development in high- and extreme-risk fire zones

  • Designate a Fire Hazard Development Permit Area that establishes requirements for siting, form, exterior design and finish of buildings and other structures, as well as landscaping, trees and other vegetation

  • Update the Subdivision and Servicing Bylaw to address wildfire risk including requiring underground wiring and locating sidewalks, boulevards and highways to act as firebreaks and evacuation routes

  • Update the Building Bylaw to require and provide incentives for FireSmart building standards for new builds and renovations

6.4 Develop trails, parks or roads within municipal boundaries to serve as firebreaks and provide access for firefighting

  • Utilize zoning bylaws, development permit areas and parks master plans to promote the establishment of trails, parks or roads in high-risk fire areas

6.5 Establish a community forest to manage Crown land near municipal boundaries

  • Establish a community forest to manage forested land in high-risk fire zones near municipal boundaries, including the establishment of firebreaks, fuel reduction strategies and forest health maintenance

6.6 Establish a community evacuation plan

  • Establish a community evacuation plan that follows BC Operational Guidelines for Evacuations

  • Integrate the evacuation plan with FireSmart education programs

  • Incorporate the evacuation plan into all municipal emergency preparedness plans

6.7 Improve local firefighting capacity

  • Consider identifying additional firefighters and volunteers

  • Purchase additional trucks equipped with sprinkler equipment

  • Establish water storage tanks in unprotected areas

  • Establish a backup power supply (generator) in the event that electric pumps are unavailable

  • Identify and designate easily accessible water sources

  • Improve connections and relationships with the nearest provincial fire centre

6.8 Strengthen regional district and municipal partnerships to address wildfire issues in the surrounding area 

  • Develop partnerships with adjacent landowners and tenure holders

  • Develop partnerships with adjacent municipalities or regional districts

  • Develop partnerships with provincial Wildfire Management Branches and local fuel specialists

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Useful Material

Homeowners FireSmart Manual - Preventative steps for homeowners to reduce the hazards of wildfire.

BC Wildfire Management Branch - Resource and information about wildfire prevention, wildfire fuel management, fire restrictions, fire danger ratings and more.

The BC Provincial Emergency Program (PEP) has a Community Emergency Program Review which allows communities to assess the preparedness of their community for emergencies. 

The City of Langford - Langford's Fire Rescue and the City of Langford have completed a comprehensive Interface Fire Hazard Plan for planning community development and firefighting procedures in areas of the district that have the potential for wildfires (grass and bush).