FireSmart in the Cowichan Area 

Are you prepared for a wildfire? With an increase in the number and frequency of wildfires over the last 10 years, wildfire is a risk that all communities in the Cowichan area need to prepare for. Ask our FireSmart Coordinators to assist you in getting started today! They can provide you with education and support allowing communities to take proven steps toward protecting homes and property from wildfire. 

Whether you are concerned about your house or neighbourhood, the CVRD can help you determine how to improve home resilience, while protecting your buildings and property from wildfire. Whether it's your house, your neighbourhood, a farm or ranch, critical infrastructure or vital resources, the CVRD has local experts and easily accessible resources that empower you to make your community safer.

Why Homes Burn

Website Graphic - Why Homes Burn - house with yard vegetation
Embers and sparks are common causes of home ignition. They are easily transported by wind and ignite fuel sources such as coniferous trees and surface fuels such as plants, leaves, wood piles and dried grasses. Building materials used on your home such as wood shakes, wood or vinyl siding and wood fences attached to homes can also be an easy source of fuel for a wildfire.
Check out our free FireSmart programs available to Cowichan communities and residents:

A Recent FireSmart Cowichan Project - Malahat Firehall Upgrade

The Cowichan Valley Regional District and the Malahat Volunteer Fire Department recently took on a FireSmart mitigation project. The project was a critical step towards reducing the wildfire risk to the Malahat Fire Hall. Please watch the video below to learn more.

More Information on Cowichan FireSmart - Webinar Presentation

See below for a detailed presentation on programs at CVRD (54 min).

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