Wildfires affect agricultural producers and hobbyists differently than the average renter or homeowner, and therefore have different planning needs to meet their unique situation.
Southern Interior Stockmen’s Association, in partnership with: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, BC Cattle Industry Development Council, Regional District Central Okanagan and the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen, have put together this incredibly useful resource that should be used by all those to whom it applies to.
Wildfires threaten immediate agricultural production capacity including livestock, range and crop health and, agricultural infrastructure. Due to the potential for negative impacts to agriculture, addressing wildfire risks was identified as a priority for adaptation actions in the Okanagan. This project focused on wildfire risk reduction both at the farm-level and at the response agency/broader communications level.
To assist producers in fire-smarting their operations and preparing for a wildfire emergency, this project produced a farm-level Agricultural Wildfire Preparedness & Mitigation Workbook & Guide.
The workbook and guide can be used by all producers – large and small, from all commodities – and consists of a series of modules focusing on planning/activities to undertake before a wildfire, during a wildfire and after a wildfire. Okanagan producers can access an Okanagan version of the workbook and guide which includes Okanagan specific information, while producers from across BC can access the provincial workbook and guide.
To download the guide and workbook, click the links below: