Wildfire Safety

FireSmart: Reduce Your Wildfire Risk

Wildfires can travel from forest or grassland areas to homes and business within the community. They can also start in the community, along highways and back roads, and move to the backcountry. While a wall of flame (direct heat) is what concerns most people, it is the embers (unburned fuels that get picked up in the wind and carried ahead of the fire) that can create a taxing situation on our fire suppression resources because of their travel distance and spread which cause spot fires along the way.

No area in Merritt is free from wildfire risk.

It takes the community as a whole, working together, to reduce fire risk. By using FireSmart principles we can mitigate our risk and work towards protecting our beautiful community.

Cost Effective & Easy Ways to Reduce Fire Risk

  • Clear your roof and gutters of debris
  • Remove combustible materials 10m (33ft) away from the home; consider: woodpiles, patio furniture, bbq’s, playground equipment & planters
  • Landscape your yard; keep your grass watered (when possible) and cut short, remove overgrown vegetation
  • Clear ladder fuels (low hanging branches) 2m (6.5ft) above ground

Long Term Considerations to Reduce Fire Risk

  • Choose fire resistive roofing materials; consider: metal, asphalt, clay & tile
  • Choose non-combustible siding finishes; consider: stucco, brick, metal, hardieplank
  • Close (where applicable) and screen openings, eaves and vents
  • Replace single pane windows with tempered, thermal windows
  • Ensure all exterior doors are fire rated and have good seals
  • Consider the proximity of all sheds/outbuildings to you home and choose FireSmart building materials
  • Choose fire resistive fencing or place a fire resistive break between your home and the fence line

FireSmart Program Coordinator, Krista Minar

For other ways to protect your home, download the FireSmart Homeowner’s Manual or visit the FireSmart website.