Whistler’s unique geography and development in interface areas places the resort community at high risk of wildfire.
Wildfire Protection Strategy
The Resort Municipality of Whistler is investing in an accelerated and aggressive wildfire protection program guided by a comprehensive Wildfire Protection Strategy.
Whistler Council adopted the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s Wildfire Protection Strategy in January 2017. The strategy integrates the municipality’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) and Landscape Scale Fire Behaviour Model report into a comprehensive strategic plan. The strategy includes 17 prioritized recommendations for planning, fuel reduction and outreach programs to reduce the impact of wildfire on Whistler.
Find out more about the Wildfire Mitigation Program in the November 20, 2018 presentation to council.
Fuel reduction is an important component of Whistler’s wildfire protection program. The municipality is focused on:
- Fuel thinning projects to reduce fuels in high priority forested areas near neighbourhoods or critical municipal infrastructure
- Create fuel breaks along forest service roads
Learn more about fuel thinning projects and fuel breaks.
Taking steps to reduce the impact of wildfires is everyone’s responsibilities.
The FireSmart Program provides education and practical support to homeowners to reduce the impact of wildfires on their properties.
The RMOW’s FireSmart coordinator and Whistler Fire Rescue Service delivers:
- Fuel reduction projects (including Adopt-a-trail, community chipper days, and FireSmart treatments on municipal properties)
- Education and resources
- Free FireSmart home and strata property assessments
Fire danger ratings
Whistler’s current Fire Danger Rating is updated daily by the BC Wildfire Service.
A permit is required for all campfires in Whistler.
Some construction activities are restricted and campfires are banned when the rating is High or Extreme.
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, including wildfires.
The RMOW Emergency Program and Whistler Fire Rescue Service lead and participate in regular training exercises along with community partners and other agencies to test systems, improve communication and build capacity for responding to emergencies such as wildfires.