Whistler’s Wildfire Mitigation Program

About the Community Wildfire Resiliency Plan

The Community Wildfire Resiliency Plan (CWRP) is the latest evolution in community wildfire planning in British Columbia.

A CWRP has its roots in the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) framework, which was originally established in BC in response to the series of devastating wildfires in 2003. Since then, many communities in B.C. have continued to face an ever-increasing threat of wildfire, as the 2017, 2018, and 2021 fire seasons proved to be three of the most historically damaging seasons on record.

CWRPs are currently being developed at many jurisdictional and geographic scales, and are individually tailored to address the needs of different communities in response to their size, their capacity, and the unique threats that they face. Despite these differences, the provincial goals of a CWRP remain the same and are founded in the seven FireSmart disciplines: Education, Community Planning, Development Considerations, Interagency Cooperation, FireSmart Training and Cross-Training, Emergency Planning and Vegetation Management.

This CWRP is an update to the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s (RMOW) 2011 CWPP, which was predated by the municipality’s first in 2005. The RMOW also developed a Wildfire Protection Strategy in 2017, which focused on resources and strategies to implement CWPP recommendations to date. 

The three pillars of the RMOW’s Wildfire Mitigation Strategy is informed by the Community Wildfire Resiliency Plan

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