What is FireSmart? 

FireSmart is living with and managing for wildfire on our landscape. 
Preparing for the threat of wildfire is a shared responsibility. From home owners, to industry and government we all have responsibility to lessen the effects of wildfire. Wildland Urban Interface is a popular term used to describe an area where structures and forested areas meet. 

Simply put, Wildland Urban Interface is where the urban lifestyle meets environments that are prone to wildfire. By choosing to extend our lifestyle and communities further into forested areas, we become more exposed to the danger of wildfire. 

Wildfire Risk Reduction Guide

The City has created a new Wildfire Risk Reduction Guide for private property owners in Vernon with large parcels of land. The Guide discusses forest management in the North Okanagan, what steps individual property owners can take to increase safety, and what resources are available to develop a personal Forest Management Plan. The Guide can be found here.


The best thing about being FireSmart is how easy it is.

The homes that are prepared are the homes left standing. Thankfully, there are simple steps you can take to drastically reduce your property's risk.

Download Fire Smart Begins at Home App from the App Store

Download Fire Smart Begins at Home App from Google Play

The FireSmart®️ Begins at Home app’s primary purpose is to engage homeowners in voluntary wildfire mitigation activities by offering a self-conducted home assessment. This app guides homeowners through a series of questions about their property to help identify specific actions you can take on your property to reduce wildfire risks.

To learn more about FireSmart initiatives across Canada, check out Fire Smart C​a​n​a​d​a​

Are you interested in taking a course that covers all the basics of becoming FireSmart?

More so than ever before Canadians are feeling the direct and indirect impacts of wildfire. There is a growing interest and need for FireSmart across the nation. FireSmart has put together a short course for those who are just getting started with FireSmart in their community and want to learn more.

FireSmart 101 will provide an introduction to FireSmart and review:

  • The Need
  • Wildland Urban Interface
  • Seven FireSmart Disciplines
  • Home Ignition Zone; and
  • Empowering the public

Click the link below to get started!

FireSmart 101