Moving Forward with FireSmart
We have submitted an Expression of Interest for the 2020 Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta (FRIAA) grant. If the FRIAA grant is approved, administration will return with a request to add a new capital project to be funded from the FRIAA grant. If the grant is not approved, the work will not occur.
The three projects included in the expression of interest are: vegetation management, public education and inter-agency cooperation. There are several areas to be considered for vegetation management located on both Town of Canmore and provincial lands. The public education request will be for funding to host a FireSmart Community Forum in 2021. Interagency Cooperation would be in the form of an emergency management exercise that would centre around a wildland/urban interface fire. This exercise would test our Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP), Structure Protection Plan, and Evacuation Plan.
Subject to availability, the maximum funding available for a single project is $200,000. Based on the three proposed projects we will apply for approximately $248K in funding to be broken down as follows:
- Approximately $200K for fuel modification
- Approximately $45K for exercises
- Approximately $3K for public education
Protecting our Town from Wildfire
The Town of Canmore is taking a proactive approach to help protect our town from wildfire.
- Canmore has a FireSmart program to help mitigate the threat of wildfire. FireSmart uses preventative measures to reduce wildfire threat to Albertans and their communities while balancing the benefits of wildfire on the landscape. FireSmart thinning has taken place in numerous locations around Canmore in the past number of years, please see the map below to see where FireSmart burning has been done in Town, as of April 2020.
- The updated pdf Wildfire Mitigation Strategy (3.45 MB) provides a road map for FireSmart activities for the Town 2018 - 2022 and includes an updated hazard assessment, wildland fuel type, wildfire behaviour potential maps, vegetation management options, and FireSmart recommendations.
- Canmore Fire-Rescue received a grant to continue fuel reduction work and access deployable sprinkler lines to help protect community assets.
FireSmart your Home
Protect your home from the threat of wildfire
- Change your roofing material to non-combustible options such as metal, asphalt, clay, or composite rubber tiles .As of March 2018, all roofs new and repaired roofs in Canmore are to be constructed out of materials with a minimum Class B fire rating.
- Remove debris from your gutters.
- Screen your gutters with metal mesh to reduce the amount of debris that can accumulate.
- Sheath in the base of the decks, balconies, and houses with fire-resistant material.
- Store combustible lawn furniture or deck storage boxes away from your home.
- Avoid the following plants within 10 metres of your home: cedar, juniper, pine, tall grass, spruce.
- Remove dry leaves, twigs and branches from your yard and gutters.
- Do not use bark or pine needle mulches within 10 metres of your home as they are highly combustible. Gravel mulch and decorative crushed rock mulch significantly reduce the risk of wildfire.
- Move your firewood pile away from the side of your home.
- Remove tree branches within 2 metres of the ground will help stop surface fires from moving into the treetops.
For more information about FireSmart:
FireSmart Property Assessments
To help our citizens recognize the simple steps they can take to reduce the impact of wildfires before they occur, Canmore Fire-Rescue now offers free FireSmart Home/Property Visits for property assessment and risk evaluation of the exterior of your home.
A Canmore Fire-Rescue team member will meet with you for approximately 60 minutes outside your home to conduct the assessment. You’ll be provided with personalized recommendations you can use to make your property more wildfire resistant.