Residents in Whistler are in the interface zone, and everyone has a part to play in the Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, May 6, 2017
- The Resort Municipality of Whistler is offering FREE community chipping and brush removal on May 6, 2017 for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. Learn more.
- An information booth will also be set up on May 6, 2017 outside Nesters Market. Stop by to learn about emergency preparedness and how you can make your home and our community more FireSmart.
FireSmart helps you understand the risk factors for interface fires, and gives you tools to minimize them.
As a resort town, we rely on the natural surroundings to support our economy.
Consider the economic and social impact of an interface fire. What if a fire burned from Function Junction to Alpine Meadows? What would the valley look like? What would be the impacts on infrastructure, our homes, our economy?
Learn more about what the Resort Municipality of Whistler's Wildfire Protection Strategy.
What You Can Do
To learn more about the FireSmart program and what YOU can do to safeguard your house, please download the following resources:
- FireSmart Homeowner's Manual or Brochure
- Whistler FireSmart Guide for Home and Business Owners
- FireSmart Guide to Landscaping
Homeowners are encouraged to take simple measures to protect their property and the Whistler community against the ignition and spread of wildfire.
- Schedule a FREE FireSmart home assessment with Whistler Fire Rescue Service
- Burn garden debris safely
- Participate in the free yard waste drop-off weekends
The Whistler Fire Rescue Service provides free home assessments on all properties in Whistler.
The assessments are an opportunity for fire fighters to speak to homeowners about wildfire risk, provide a list of recommendations to reduce hazards. In some cases a Development Permit or a Tree Cutting Permit may first be required from the RMOW.
To receive a FREE FireSmart home assessment, please contact Whistler Fire Rescue Services at email@example.com or 604-935-8260.
Watch this video to learn more about wildland urban interface fire behaviour, and how you can reduce your risk:
Make Your Property FireSmart
Property owners are reminded to take steps to protect their properties against wildfire and make their properties FireSmart: by:
- Schedule a free FireSmart home and site hazard assessment with Whistler Fire Rescue Services. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 604-935-8260.
- Follow guidelines in the Homeowners FireSmart Manual to reduce, replace or remove wildfire risks by modifying and maintaining your home and reducing fuel loads in your yard.
- Drop off yard waste at one of the RMOW’s free yard waste drop-off weekends.
- Apply for a free permit to burn garden debris during designated dates each spring and fall.
FireSmart Success Stories
Check out some of Whistler's FireSmart success stories
Lessons Learned from the 2016 Fort McMurry Wildfire
The wildland/urban interface disaster that struck Fort McMurray, Alberta in May 2016 destroyed more than 2,400 structures. It is the largest ever insured loss in Canada.
The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) recognized the unprecedented opportunity this event held for firsthand learning towards the ultimate goal of lowering wildfire losses. With that in mind, a special report was developed.
The vital question to be answered was: Why did some homes survive this wildland/urban interface fire with little or no damage, while others were vulnerable to ignition and destroyed?
This unique study in urban neighbourhoods at the forested ‘interface’ fringes of the city and at forested acreages nearby, considers the effectiveness of FireSmart mitigation.
Read the special report to learn about the Fort McMurray Preliminary Findings on Structure Survival.
- Download the FireSmart Homeowner's Manual or Brochure
- Read the Wildfire News from the British Columbia Coastal Fire Centre: May, June, July, Camping Edition, August, Sept
- Find Wildfire Status information from the Province of B.C.
For emergencies, dial 911.
Whistler Fire Rescue Service
4325 Blackcomb Way
Office hours Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.