FireSmart Basics

Okanagan FallsAs identified in the BC Flood and Wildfire Review, there is a critical need to “strengthen public understanding of the risks and personal responsibilities associated with living in a fire-dependent ecosystem.” The general goal of FireSmart is to encourage communities and citizens to adopt and conduct FireSmart practices to mitigate the negative impacts of wildfire to assets on public and private property. The FireSmart program is implemented through seven disciplines to help address the threat of wildfire: education, emergency planning, vegetation management, legislation, development, interagency cooperation and cross training.

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen

rdos logo 84x113The Community Resiliency Investment (CRI) FireSmart Community Funding & Supports program was announced by the provincial government in 2018 and provides funding to local governments to increase community resiliency by undertaking community-based FireSmart planning and activities that reduce the community’s risk from wildfire. The RDOS actively applies for funding that supports the seven FireSmart discipline activities towards increasing resiliency and reducing the RDOS’s risk from wildfire.

FireSmart Guides

FireSmart Homeowner’s Manual 

Whether you are doing regular yard maintenance or making large scale changes during renovations or landscaping, you can make choices that will help protect your home from wildfire. Download the manual.


FireSmart in Nine Easy Steps

You and your neighbours can reduce wildfire hazards by following simple, preventative steps.


FireSmart Guide to Landscaping

By making strategic choices in your yard, you can create a FireSmart landscape. This guide includes an extensive list of fire-resistant plants plus tips about FireSmart gardening.


FireSmart Evacuation Checklist

Download this last-minute checklist for protecting your home and property from wildfire.



As the population continues to grow and neighbourhoods become more intertwined within the forested and grassland areas of the country, the risk of wildfire grows significantly. Many neighbourhoods face a high to extreme wildfire risk. The FireSmart program outlines proactive measures that neighbourhoods can take to reduce the risk.

Neighbourhood FireSmart Recognition Program

Find out how neighbourhoods, subdivisions, and small towns prone to wildfire can become a FireSmart Neighbourhood.
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Learn how to become a Recognized FireSmart Neighbourhood.
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