FireSmart Community

The District of West Vancouver is a FireSmart Community. This program provides residents with guidance to significantly reduce fire hazards in their neighbourhood.

The FireSmart Community program is designed to encourage local, self-organized groups of neighbours to implement solutions for wildfire safety by engaging and supporting homeowners, community leaders and others in shared efforts to protect people and property from wildfire.

The first step to becoming FireSmart is to educate yourself, your family and your community. Find out what you need to know to increase the wildfire resiliency of your property and neighbourhood.

FireSmart Home Assessments

The District of West Vancouver is offering free FireSmart Home Assessments to interested residents of neighbourhoods that are at increased risk of wildfire. Please see the map below for priority areas.

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These neighbourhoods have been identified in the Community Wildfire Protection Plan as being at increased risk of wildfire. 

Home assessments are an opportunity to receive recommendations from a local FireSmart representative on how to help reduce the risk of wildfire to your home and property. 

Building construction types and materials, landscaping around homes, and the presence of combustible materials are analyzed based on the FireSmart Home Assessment Score Card and the FireSmart Begins at Home Manual.  

Select from three of the dates and time slots available in your neighbourhood and contact [email protected] to schedule your visit. 

Please include your:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Contact email and phone number
  • Written permission for a local FireSmart representative to walk on your property without anyone home. Note: We do not require access inside the home.

An email will be sent to confirm your appointment.

Dates

  • British Properties, Woodburn, and homes between Highway 1 and Mathers Avenue/ 11th to 21st Streets—May 30, May 31, June 1, June 11, June 12
  • Sandy Cove and Westmount/Altamont—May 26, 27, 28, 29
  • Eagle Harbour and Whitecliff Park (Horseshoe Bay)—May 24, 25

Time slots 

  • 8–9 a.m.
  • 9:30–10:30 a.m.
  • 11 a.m.–noon
  • 12:30–1:30 p.m.
  • 2–3 p.m.
  • 3:30–4:30 p.m.
  • 5–6 p.m. 
FireSmart Workshops

FireSmart Workshop are occasionally held to provide residents with more information about what it means to be FireSmart.

Presentations are recorded for those who could not attend.

Watch the presentations on YouTube

April 26, 2022 FireSmart Workshop - for developers and builders

July 29, 2021 FireSmart Workshop

Protect your home, yard & neighbourhood

Help decrease the risk of wildfire to your home, yard, and neighbourhood by taking steps to reduce fuel for embers and flames.

Homes ignite due to the condition of the home and everything that surrounds it. Changes within 10 metres of your home, including the removal of combustible surface material, will have the biggest impact. 

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What you can do:

Invasive species

District of West Vancouver tree management 

Nesting information (Zone A1)

Riparian Areas Regulation Brochure (BC)  

Riparian Areas Protection Regulation (BC)

Eco-friendly lawns and gardens  

Wildfire Hazard Development Permits

To protect against wildfire risk, Wildfire Hazard Development Permits are required for work within the Wildfire Hazard Development Permit Area (i.e., within 100 metres of an undisturbed forest interface).

Wildfire Hazard Development Permits

We're looking for volunteers

Community Champions are needed in each of the seven FireSmart neighbourhood zones in West Vancouver. 

As neighbourhood leaders, Community Champions are volunteers who advocate for wildfire safety. They connect with and motivate their neighbours to make their homes and communities less vulnerable to fire.

Volunteers will take part in FireSmart workshops to learn more about how to develop an action plan to reduce wildfire hazards. They then pass on the skills they learned to other volunteers in their neighbourhood zones.

For more information on volunteering, please contact:

Jeremy Calder
Assistant Chief | Fire Prevention

604-925-7392
Email

contact

Report a wildfire

1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on a cell

Fire information line

1-888-336-7378

For more information on volunteering, please contact:

Jeremy Calder
Assistant Chief | Fire Prevention

604-925-7392
Email

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