The Resort Municipality of Whistler encourages residents to utilize FireSmart’s free programs to mitigate wildfire risks to homes and property

Publication Date: July 30, 2021


The Resort Municipality of Whistler is offering three free FireSmart programs in 2021 to educate residents and provide tools to reduce the risk of wildfire for homes and property thanks to funding from the Province’s Community Resiliency Investment fund.

“We are grateful for the funding the municipality receives from the Community Resiliency Investment for FireSmart programming.  Mitigating wildfire threats and community safety is a top priority,” said Mayor Jack Crompton.  “I strongly recommend all residents and property owners take advantage of the suite of FireSmart programs which will not only benefit individual property owners but our community as a whole.”

FireSmart Home Assessments

The free property assessment program helps residents identify specific actions they can take on their property to reduce wildfire risks.  A FireSmart Home Partners Assessor will visit your property to complete a comprehensive assessment of your home and property. The assessment will take between one and three hours to complete, depending on the size and complexity of your property.

Following the assessment, a report will be generated consisting of all of the recommended mitigation work and provide a FireSmart work plan for the home and property. To book a free FireSmart home assessment, contact the RMOW FireSmart Supervisor at

FireSmart Work Day Program

Lead by local FireSmart experts, the free FireSmart Work Day program provides important tips and FireSmart practices that will minimize fire risk around your property, while putting those skills into practice. To book a work day in August and September 2021, coordinate a group of neighbours and contact

FireSmart Community Chipper Service

The free mobile Community Chipper Service is available upon request by emailing  FireSmart crews will come to any Whistler residence to chip and remove natural wood debris.  Please note that garden debris, gravel or loose leaves are not accepted as part of this service, but can be taken to the Function Transfer Station.  

Residents are strongly encouraged to book a FireSmart Home Assessment prior to booking the Community Chipper Service as it will help inform FireSmart landscaping works and allow crews to better estimate for the amount of material received. 

The RMOW reminds the community that the most important steps to reducing the combustibility of your home and property are:

  1. ensuring roofs are made of non-combustible material such as metal, tile or stone
  2. removing tree debris brush from around the home or strata property.

The FireSmart Home Development Guide and other FireSmart resources are available at

For more information on FireSmart Programs or to book a service, contact the FireSmart team at

About FireSmart Canada

FireSmart Canada leads the development of resources and programs designed to empower the public and increase neighbourhood resilience to wildfire across Canada.  Leveraging partnerships with a comprehensive network of leading wildland fire science researchers allows FireSmart Canada to develop programs and resources that are based on peer reviewed and defendable science. Learn more about FireSmart Canada at

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