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As a home owner, there are several steps you can take to become more FireSmart and help reduce the risk of wildfire damage in your community. By taking these steps, you can help protect your home and your community from the devastating effects of wildfire.

  1. Create a defensible space around your home. This involves removing flammable vegetation and creating a buffer zone that can help prevent a wildfire from spreading.
  2. Seasonal maintenance – Make sure that your roof, vents, and gutters are clear of debris.
  3. When updating or renovating your home or property, use fire-resistant building materials, fire-resistant plants and landscaping materials, and keep a defensible space around all structures.



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4. Develop an emergency plan in case of a wildfire and make sure that you and your family are prepared to evacuate if necessary.

5. Schedule a free home assessment with our FireSmart team of professionals to identify potential wildfire hazards and receive guidance on how to mitigate them. The EMC FireSmart Team will work with participating home owners to develop FireSmart goals and measures for their unique property. Book an assessment for your property by clicking below or calling 250.746.2560.

6. Engage your neighbors and community to promote FireSmart practices and encourage others to act to reduce their wildfire risk.


Current Burning Permissions
Open burning—or burning outdoors—is allowed when the wildfire risk is low and can be a useful tool when conducted responsibly. Open burning includes Category 1 campfire, Category 2 and Category 3 open fire.
Regional Water Use Restrictions
During drought conditions, your water system operator may introduce water use restrictions to conserve limited water supplies. There are four stages of water restrictions which are coordinated across the Cowichan Valley. Local conditions may sometimes require a higher stage of water restrictions on certain systems.
No Restrictions
Stage 1 Restrictions
Stage 2 Restrictions
Stage 3 Restrictions
Stage 4 Restrictions