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As a neighborhood group, you are already on the right path to becoming more wildfire resilient. Communities can work together to strengthen their surroundings and protect themselves from wildfire.

With a few steps, and some support from the EMC FireSmart Team, your neighborhood can become a FireSmart Canada Recognized Neighborhood.

  1. Form a FireSmart Neighbourhood Committee.
    Be a Neighbourhood Champions(s) and recruit others from your neighbourhood to create a FireSmart Committee. The Committee can be made up of homeowners, Neighbourhood champions, fire professionals or anyone that is interested in improving the wildfire resiliency of your neighbourhood.
  2. Book a free FireSmart Neighbourhood Assessment with the EMC FireSmart team.
    The EMC FireSmart Team will provide an evaluation of your neighborhood’s wildfire readiness (“Neighbourhood Wildfire Hazard Assessment Form “) and schedule a meeting with your FireSmart Neighborhood Committee (or residential/strata Board if preferred) to present the assessment for review and acceptance.
  3. Create A FireSmart Neighbourhood Plan.
    Members of the Neighborhood FireSmart Committee create the FireSmart plan (EMC can provide some support where requested), containing a minimum of three FireSmart mitigations ‘Action Items’. The plan is reviewed and approved by the FireSmart Committee.
  4. Hold a FireSmart Event(s).
    The Neighborhood FireSmart Committee plans and holds an event(s) to carry out the activities outlined in the FireSmart Neighbourhood Plan. These activities range from information sessions to ‘work bee’ wildfire hazard clean-up session. FireSmart event(s) are mandatory for recognition and renewal. Use the Volunteer Sign-Up and Volunteer Resource Tracker sheets to record your FireSmart event and neighbourhood involvement.
  5. Work with EMC FireSmart Team to apply for recognition.
    The Application form is completed by the Neighbourhood Champion/FireSmart Committee and reviewed by EMC Cowichan. It is submitted to FireSmart BC/Canada for approval.
  6. Renew your recognition status yearly by contacting EMC two months prior to renewal.
    For home owners involved in neighborhood recognition may also wish to consider the Home Partners Program. This free audit program can help inform the next steps towards resilience.
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