News Flash Home
The original item was published from 2/22/2022 7:10:22 AM to 2/22/2022 7:10:42 AM.

News Flash


Posted on: April 26, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Two Communities Become the First to Earn Firesmart Recognition

People working in forest area

Monday, April 26, 2021

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) is celebrating the recognition of its first two FireSmart Communities located in Electoral Area C (South Shuswap).

Two strata communities, one located at Dieppe Road in Sorrento and the other at the Villas in Blind Bay, were recently confirmed as FireSmart Canada Recognized Neighbourhoods after fulfilling the criteria, which includes developing a plan to reduce risks in the area and investing time on an annual basis to clean up fuel sources.

"We want to extend our appreciation to these two communities on achieving FireSmart Community status," says Len Youden, the CSRD's FireSmart Coordinator. "Both of these communities took action to reduce fire risks that go beyond the boundaries of their own property because we all know that wildfires don't respect lines on a map. By working together, they are reducing the risk to everyone living there."

Youden points out that FireSmart communities do not need to encompass large areas. In this case, Dieppe Road has 22 lots, while the VillaPeople Working on Vegetations has 26 lots. In both cases, it took one concerned person taking the lead and contacting the CSRD's FireSmart program. From there, these two enthusiastic neighbourhoods quickly saw the value of protecting their property. They worked with Youden to identify hazards and began work cleaning up their highest-risk areas.

In the case of Dieppe Road, residents began a program to clean up a communal forested area by raking up surface fuel, trimming branches and picking up downed branches.

The Villas worked on removing and cleaning up cedar hedges and juniper bushes near their homes. These plants are extremely flammable and can be easily ignited by falling embers from a wildfire.

The FireSmart program supported these activities by supplying waste disposal bins and, in the case of Dieppe Road, a chipper to help remove the vegetation.

"It was great to have the backing of the local FireSmart program, giving us support and an incentive to do something," says Steve Butchart, a resident of Dieppe Road.

"It was not hard to convince our neighbours to work together because we've all seen the sights from California or Australia or Fort McMurray where some houses are spared while others burn to the ground. We know that every little bit we can do to reduce our risk benefits us all."

The two neighbourhoods will each receive a sign to post in their area, identifying them as FireSmart Communities.

The CSRD is looking to add more FireSmart Communities which will reduce fire risk across the region. For more information, please see the FireSmart page on the CSRD's website or email CSRD FireSmart.

Photos: (Top) Dieppe Road residents clear a forested area of dead branches and other flammable materials to help reduce fire risk to all the homes in their neighbourhood. (Photo courtesy of Steve Butchart.)

(Above right) Members of the Villas in Blind Bay worked on removing highly flammable plants, like junipers and cedars, from around the homes. (Photo courtesy of Roxanne Nish)

View Printable Copy (PDF)

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in CSRD News

A fire hydrant located in Blind Bay.

Fire hydrant servicing starts October 1

Posted on: September 28, 2023
Sorrento wall of fire

Fighting to protect Sorrento

Posted on: September 19, 2023
Resiliency Centre graphic

Resiliency Centre open in Salmon Arm

Posted on: September 11, 2023
Info Centre Volunteers

EOC Update - September 8, 2023

Posted on: September 8, 2023
Info update graphic

Service changes in the North Shuswap

Posted on: September 7, 2023
Scotch Creek Transfer

Scotch Creek Transfer Station

Posted on: September 5, 2023
Holding Road

Holding Road Access

Posted on: September 5, 2023
structure loss

Structure loss access deadline

Posted on: September 4, 2023
Gerald Foreman from Shuswap Clothing

Business community backs fire effort

Posted on: September 3, 2023
Todd and Kelly van Ruyskensvelde

Fueling the firefighters

Posted on: August 30, 2023
2023-08-30 Sorrento fire last night

Update: Sorrento fire overnight

Posted on: August 30, 2023
Loading supplies for barge

Barge Transportation Submission Form

Posted on: August 26, 2023
water station update

Sorrento Bulk Water Station Update

Posted on: August 22, 2023
What Do I Need To Know If I Am Located East of the Evacuation Alert (1)

UPDATE – August 22, 2023 at 6:00 PM

Posted on: August 20, 2023
False Information

Caution: Misinformation

Posted on: August 22, 2023
UPDATE – August 20, 2023 at 7:00 PM

UPDATE – August 20, 2023 at 7:00 PM

Posted on: August 20, 2023
A Smoke plume at Scotch Creek

BCWS planned ignition moved ahead

Posted on: August 17, 2023
a graphic of wooden block houses with wooden block people sitting on coins.

Want to offer a place to stay?

Posted on: August 17, 2023
A Smoke plume from Lee Creek on August 12, 2023.

Evacuees return home under Alert status

Posted on: August 13, 2023
Be Prepared

Be Prepared for a Wildfire Event

Posted on: August 5, 2023
Lower East Adams Lake Wildfire 08.05.2023

Lower East Adams Lake Wildfire Update

Posted on: August 5, 2023
A map of evacuation order area for Lower East Adams Lake

Evacuation Order expanded

Posted on: August 2, 2023
A map of flights for the Lower East Adams Lake wildfire.

Cooler weather limiting fire growth

Posted on: July 27, 2023
Low water at Bristow Road Boat launch

Bristow Road Boat Launch closed

Posted on: July 26, 2023
an aerial image of the Bush Creek Wildfire.

Shuswap Emergency Program update

Posted on: July 17, 2023
A graphic with a helicopter flying with a water bucket below.

Shuswap Emergency Program update

Posted on: July 12, 2023
flames climb the slope during the night at Highway 97 and Salmon River Road.

Salmon River wildfire being held

Posted on: May 31, 2023