Wildfires

Wildfires

Wildfire Risk Mitigation and Ecosystem Restoration

The Okanagan Shuswap Natural Resource District (DOS) has partnered with the Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB), and BC Timber Sales Okanagan-Columbia (BCTS) to carry out a Wildfire Risk Reduction, Ecosystem Restoration and Habitat Enhancement project in the East Side Road and Ellison Park area. (Map)

It is the intent of the project to establish fuel breaks around communities and recreation facilities on the North East Shore of Okanagan Lake, while enhancing ungulate habitat and restoring ecosystems back to a more natural state.

Click HERE for more information on this project. 


Fire - Interface and Wildfire

Wildland fires can occur when dry fuel meets an ignition source. With summers in BC being hot and dry and our forests full of dry combustible fuels, an ignition source such as dry lightning, abandoned campfires and carelessly discarded cigarette butts can start wildland fires.

Although wildfire is a natural occurrence necessary for overall forest health, it can be disastrous when this type of fire nears homes and neighbourhoods.


Wildfire Prevention and FireSmart

Residents can reduce risk of wildfires starting and/or spreading in the neighbourhood, by exercising care with ignition sources such as briquette barbeques, fire pits and cigarettes and managing or removing potential combustibles near structures.

Vernon's fire prevention regulations are found in the Fire Services Bylaw #5635.

City of Vernon Fire Services Bylaw #5635

To learn more about FireSmart


Personal Preparedness

Residents can also take steps to be better prepared for possibility of fires by

  • researching insurance coverage for fire damage and losses;
  • preplanning for family if required to be out of the home;
  • preparing a Grab and Go Bag; and,
  • making plans for pet care.

To learn more about preparing for wildfire visit the following sites:


Wildfire smoke

Wildfire Smoke can also be problematic, causing poor air quality and potential health impacts particularly for more vulnerable populations such as children, older adults and those with pre-existing medical conditions.

To learn more about wildfire smoke visit the following link from the BC Centre for Disease Control

Outdoor air quality issues are regulated by the BC Ministry of Environment and the BC Ministry of Health. The Ministry of Health makes recommendations on standards, objectives and regulations on outdoor air quality affecting human health.

Public education is readily available through a variety of websites and Public Service announcements (PSA) provided through the Ministry of Health. Local government to support the messaging through social media and emergency update capacities.

Wildfires information websites
Wildfire Status
Wildfires: Province of British Columbia
FireSmart Canada-prevention and mitigation strategies
Wildfire Recovery Programs
Interactive Wildfire Map
Wildfires of Note
Air Quality
BCCDC: BC Health Wildfire Smoke Response Coordination Guideline, March 2017
BCCDC: Guidance for BC Public Health Decision Makers During Wildfire Smoke Events, September 2014
First Nations health Authority: Wildfire Smoke – Clean Air Shelters
Terminology
Wildfire or Wildland Fire

Wildfire or Wildland Fire is a fire in an area of combustible vegetation that occurs in the countryside or rural area.

Interface or Urban Interface Fire

Interface or Urban Interface Fire occurs when wildfires cross from forested areas into urban centres.