In Whistler, many of our homes and businesses are located in the wildland-urban interface. Wildfires can spread from the forest to your home, or from your home to the forest.
Taking steps to reduce the impact of wildfires on your home, and preparing for emergencies are shared community responsibilities.
The Resort Municipality of Whistler is investing in an accelerated and aggressive wildfire protection program guided by a comprehensive Wildfire Protection Strategy. Learn more about how the municipality is preparing for wildfires.
In addition, the municipality’s Emergency Program works with other local first response agencies to develop and implement plans to prepare for, respond to and recover from large-scale emergencies.
Fire Prevention Week: October 7 – 14
The RMOW and Whistler Fire Service have several events planned for the 2018 Fire Prevention Week. There are many steps we can all take to prepare for and help prevent wildfires.
- Open House at Fire Hall 1: Saturday, October 13, 2018
- Events include: Firefighter demonstrations, Life Safety house, and barbecue - Don't forget to bring the family!
- Open House, Fire Hall 3: Sunday, October 14, 2018
- Events include: Firefighter demonstrations, Life Safety house, and Barbecue.
- Information Sessions: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Be Prepared – Before a Wildfire
You can reduce the impact of wildfire by making your property more FireSmart.
- Removing brush and tree debris reduces the amount of potential fuel for a wildfire, and besides having a non-combustible roof, is the most significant immediate step homeowners can take to protect their property.
Keep your family safe by preparing in advance for a wildfire.
- Develop a household emergency plan.
- Put together an emergency kit.
- Connect with your neighbours.
- Know what to do if you are asked to evacuate.
If you see a wildfire call 9-1-1 in Whistler. Outside of Whistler call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on your cell phone.
During a Wildfire
Get information and updates
- Stay informed. Monitor whistler.ca for updates
- Listen to 102.1 Mountain FM for information about the fire and possible road closures.
- Follow FireSmart Canada's last-minute checklist to protect your home and property from wildfire.
- Be prepared to evacuate all family and pets at any time. Follow evacuation orders.
- Keep all doors and windows closed in your home.
- Move all combustibles away from the house, including firewood and lawn furniture.
- Turn off propane or natural gas. Move any propane barbeques into the open, away from structures.
- If sufficient water is available, turn sprinklers on to wet the roof and any waterproof valuables.
Recovery – After a Wildfire
- with fire or municipal officials before attempting to return to your home
- your property for hot spots and smoldering stumps or vegetation
- your roof and exterior areas for sparks and embers
- your attic and inside your house for hidden sparks and embers
Use caution when re-entering a burned area. Flare-ups can occur.
If burning outside your home was extensive, watch for soil erosion.
Additional recovery resources:
- PreparedBC Guide to Re-Entering Your Home After A Wildfire
- Province of BC, Response & Recovery resources
- One Step at a Time: A Guide to Disaster Recovery
Follow FireSmart Landscaping Guidelines when you replant your property.