FireSmart Community Leaders

Preparing for the threat of wildfire is a shared responsibility among many partners. Your neighbour, community association, local industries, local municipal government, municipal fire department, local advisory committees and Alberta Government wildfire management professionals can all be involved.

FireSmart Community Planning

The FireSmart Guidebook for Community Protection has been developed to help you get started with FireSmart planning.

Focus Areas for FireSmart Community Planning

FireSmart community planning is approached from seven key focus areas. Each of these focus areas is crucial to working toward a FireSmart community:

1. Public Education

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Effectively communicate to people living in forested areas the need to be aware of the wildfire threat and to take action in having their property and community become "FireSmart."

2. Planning

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  • Adapting existing developments to be "FireSmart."
  • Determining the values at risk and building an appropriate preparedness plan.
  • Emergency procedures and response plans in place to meet the threat from a wildfire scenario. This preparedness occurs at all levels—from the homeowner to the fire agencies involved.

3. Vegetation Management

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Manage the vegetation in and around your property to lessen the risk of wildfire. This can be accomplished by:

  • General cleanup in and around your property
  • Removing volatile trees such as spruce and planting fire-resistant species such as aspen (species conversion)
  • The construction of fuel breaks
  • Thinning and pruning

4. Legislation

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Review the existing legislation both provincially and within the local municipal government.

  • Are changes and updates required to fit the need of preventing and actioning a wildfire scenario?
  • Is it effective and being adhered to?

5. Development

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  • Assess the infrastructure as it relates to roadway access, water supply, utilities placement, building materials and design, and forested areas adjacent and within the community.
  • Is the construction of new homes or subdivisions being developed in a "FireSmart" manner?

6. Interagency Cooperation

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  • Bring together all of the agencies that can be involved with the scenario of combating a wildfire in the interface area.
  • Cooperative agreements, partnerships, initiatives, linked emergency plans and assigned commitments and responsibilities are in place and reviewed.

7. Cross-Training

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  • Between municipal fire departments and the wildland fire agency (Agriculture and Forestry), ensure that the equipment, communications and training courses are compatible to effectively action a wildfire scenario in the Wildland Urban Interface.
  • Cross-training is in place for the fire agencies involved in a suppression effort within the Wildland Urban Interface.

Contact Us

Need help getting started with FireSmart? Our Provincial FireSmart Community Engagement Specialist can get you in touch with regional staff and current initiatives. Contact:

Updated: Sep 8, 2017