Wildland/Urban Interface Fires
There has been an increase in the number of wildfires throughout BC over the past decade, however, wildfires are an important and necessary event in most Canadian ecosystems. Wildland fires play a key role in the renewal of forests and grasslands, and they reduce fuel loads that feed wildfires.
Wildfires become a problem when the wildland area meets an urban area that is not fire-safe.
Is your home safe from wildland fires?
A large portion of Coquitlam is considered Wildland/Urban Interface land, meaning that the forest meets the community in some areas. As a result, it is important to establish and maintain fire-safe homes and practice fire-safe behaviours within our community.
- Keep combustible materials at least 1.5m from your home, and piles of firewood at least 10m away.
- Keep your roof and gutters free of leaves and pine needles, and prune all branches that hang over the roof
- Choose fire-safe vegetation, and space it so that there is no continuous line of vegetation leading to your structure
- Remove all dead/dry vegetation and trim tree limbs 2-3 meters from the ground
- Choose non-combustible roofing, building and landscape materials
- Know where the gas, electric and water shut-offs are in your home, and have a wildfire escape plan in place
Preparing your home ahead of time could be the difference between saving your home or losing it to a wildland fire. For more information on Wildland/Urban Interface fires, and how you can create a fire-safe home, visit firesmartbc.ca.