Town of Canmore

FireSmart

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
  • Carey/Padmore
  • Prospect Heights/Prospect Court/Rummel Place
  • Spray Lakes Road/Rundleview Drive
  • Lawrence Grassi Ridge
  • Quarry Lake

Check this website for specific dates as they become available. For more information please contact Canmore Fire/Rescue at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Learn more about our 2021 FireSmart Program
We were successful in our application for the 2021 Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta (FRIAA) grant! Administration will return with a request to add a new capital project to be funded from the FRIAA grant. 

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 Town of Canmore is taking a proactive approach to help protect our town from wildfire.
·  Canmore is a FireSmart community to help mitigate the threat of wildfire. FireSmart thinning has taken place in numerous locations around Canmore in the past number of years, please see the map above to see where FireSmart burning has been done in Town, as of April 2020.

·  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

The Home Ignition Zone
Homes ignite due to the condition of the home itself and everything that surrounds it out to 100 metres from the foundation.

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.
Protect your home from the threat of wildfire
Change your roofing material to non-combustible options such as metal, asphalt, clay, or composite rubber tiles. As of March 2018, all roofs new and repaired roofs in Canmore are to be constructed out of materials with a minimum Class B fire rating.

·  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.
Book a Free FireSmart Property Assessment
To help our citizens recognize the simple steps they can take to reduce the impact of wildfires before they occur, Canmore Fire-Rescue now offers free FireSmart Home/Property Visits for property assessment and risk evaluation of the exterior of your home.

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

Contact our office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more details and to arrange a FireSmart Assessment.

Resources

pdf FireSmart Homeowners Assessment Booklet
(2.75 MB)
pdf FireSmart Homeowners Manual
(8.20 MB)
pdf FireSmart Canada Home Development Guide
(1.85 MB)
pdf FireSmart Guide to Landscaping (1.74 MB)

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Wesley First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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