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It sounds like you are doing a great job maintain your property and keeping it FireSmart.
That being said, FireSmart diligence is a year-round activity and even a low risk property can become high risk once leaves or needles drop from trees.
Windstorms and tree shedding can create pockets of debris in corners and areas of your home that can become major hazards in a wildfire event. Embers from large fires can travel great distances and start fires miles away, so even the most prepared people can still be affected by a fire.
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FireSmart is built upon scientific facts and practices that effectively make a difference no matter the unique characteristic of each property. If your unsure where to get started or you feel overwhelmed, please reach out to the CVRD FireSmart program at firstname.lastname@example.org or better yet, sign up for the FireSmart Kick Start project to get your property assessed.
Check the CVRD website for tips and links on how to sign up as well as how to approach your neighbours.
Do you have a truck? Or a saw? You could reduce your own risk by helping your neighbours. Offer to take away branches, leaves and yard debris for a neighbour in need of some help.
The home ignition zone is broken down into 4 zones.