Moving Forward with FireSmart
The Town of Canmore will be continuing FireSmart wildfire hazard reduction work to reduce the threat of wildfire to the community. Canmore Fire-Rescue has started staking and ribboning target areas. If you see stakes, please leave them.
This project will include:
- Thinning of understory evergreen trees
- Pruning of limbs on remaining evergreen trees
- Removal of dead/down logs and dead standing trees
- Disposal of debris by chipping and hauling and piling and burning
The project will be in progress during the winter and spring of 2022 in some or all of the following areas in order of priority:
- Three Sisters Drive/Peaks Drive
- Prospect Heights/Prospect Court/Rummel Place
- Spray Lakes Road/Rundleview Drive
- Lawrence Grassi Ridge
- Quarry Lake
The three projects included in the approved grant funding are vegetation management, public education, and inter-agency cooperation. We are considering several areas for vegetation management located on both Town of Canmore and provincial lands. The public education funding will allow us to host a FireSmart Community Forum in 2021. Finally, Interagency Cooperation will be in the form of an emergency management exercise that would center around a wildland/urban interface fire. This exercise would test our Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP), Structure Protection Plan, and Evacuation Plan.
Our approved grant funding of $248K is broken down as follows:
· Approximately $200K for fuel modification
· Approximately $45K for exercises
· Approximately $3K for public education
Protecting our Town from Wildfire
· The updated pdf Wildfire Mitigation Strategy (3.45 MB) provides a road map for FireSmart activities for the Town 2018 - 2022 and includes an updated hazard assessment, wildland fuel type, wildfire behaviour potential maps, vegetation management options, and FireSmart recommendations.
· Canmore Fire-Rescue received a grant to continue fuel reduction work and access deployable sprinkler lines to help protect community assets.
FireSmart Your Home
FireSmart principles are designed to mitigate a home’s vulnerability to wildfire. Working within the home ignition zone begins with the house and then working outwards, undertaking steps to reduce fuel for embers, a surface fire, and large flames. Click here to learn more from FireSmart Canada about how to use FireSmart principles within the 100 metre ignition zone.
· Remove debris from your gutters.
· Screen your gutters with metal mesh to reduce the amount of debris that can accumulate.
· Sheath in the base of the decks, balconies, and houses with fire-resistant material.
· Store combustible lawn furniture or deck storage boxes away from your home.
· Avoid the following plants within 10 metres of your home: cedar, juniper, pine, tall grass, spruce.
· Remove dry leaves, twigs and branches from your yard and gutters.
· Do not use bark or pine needle mulches within 10 metres of your home as they are highly combustible. Gravel mulch and decorative crushed rock mulch significantly reduce the risk of wildfire.
· Move your firewood pile away from the side of your home.
· Remove tree branches within 2 metres of the ground will help stop surface fires from moving into the treetops.
A Canmore Fire-Rescue team member will meet with you for approximately 60 minutes outside your home to conduct the assessment. You’ll be provided with personalized recommendations you can use to make your property more wildfire resistant