In recent years we have seen wildfires across BC become increasingly more volatile, consume more hectares of forest, and more communities being evacuated. It is important to recognize the potential for wildfires to increase, or become more intense on Vancouver Island. As development continues within the City of Campbell River and surrounding areas, there is increased potential for Wildand Urban Interface fires to arise.

The Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) is an area where structures are next to and intermingled with the surrounding forest, putting them at higher risk from wildfires. There are many things you, as a homeowner, can do to reduce the threat of a wildfire damaging your home. One of the ways you can take action is by applying FireSmart principles. The FireSmart program provides resources for keeping homes, neighbourhoods, and communities prepared for wildfires. It provides homeowners with basic principles, tools, and tips to prepare their home and property for a potential threat, which in turn, increases the chances of the home surviving a wildfire.

Free FireSmart Assessment

Using FireSmart principles, the Campbell River Fire Department can conduct a free, FireSmart home assessment for the homeowner. This will allow you to understand how protected your home is, and what steps can be taken to increase the protetion of your home. Having a FireSmart home is vital for protection against a wildfire, but collectively it can also help to FireSmart your neighborhood. FireSmart neighbourhoods are safer and more effective against the threat of wildfire, which can help protect the entire community.

Learn how to become a Canadian FireSmart Recognized Neighbourhood, and lead the change for a safer community. Check the links below for more information.

For a free FireSmart assessment on your home and property within the City of Campbell River, please contact the No. 1 Fire Station at 250-286-6266 (press 1 for Fire Prevention and then press 2 to speak to the FireSmart Coordinator), or email


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Stop by the No. 1 Fire Station, 675 13th Ave. Campbell River, for free copies of the FireSmart BC Homeowner's Manual, the Campbell River FireSmart Guide to Gardening, and the FireSmart BC Landscaping Guide.

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