RDN Wildfire Resiliency

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Find out if your home is FireSmart. Protect your home and community. Regional District of Nanaimo. FireSmartBC

-MAY 2022 UPDATE -

As the cool rainy weather continues we are beginning to update this webpage to be the go-to platform for all things FireSmart!

If you have any questions please reach out, but bare with us as this webpage will be evolving over the next few weeks!



The RDN's Electoral Area Services Committee (EASC) has endorsed the recently completed Community Wildfire Resiliency Plans (CWRPs) for each Electoral Area, and Fuel Management Prescriptions (FMPs). These CWRP's have come with a host of recommendations which are in the process of being evaluated and prioritized based on importance, resources available, and the direction of FireSmartTM desired in the Regional District of Nanaimo.

On this page, you'll find a wealth of FireSmart information along with the many way's to get involved in FireSmarting your own home, neighbourhood, and community, specifically within the Regional District of Nanaimo and the surrounding municipalities.

Additionally you will find:

  • Information on what FireSmart is all about
  • Frequently Asked Questions about FireSmart
  • Links to FireSmartBC and BC Wildfire Services Resources
  • Videos about why planning for wildfire resilience is important
  • Articles and updates about FireSmart in the RDN
  • FireSmart events in the RDN

Sign up for updates on how you can get involved in FireSmart programs, and for helpful FireSmart tips along the way! Ask a question, send us a message, and explore this FireSmart Page!



Voyent Alerts - keep informed

To stay informed about emergency incidents such as wildfires or flooding within the RDN sign up for the "Voyent Alert" service. Registration for the service is FREE, simple and anonymous. You can choose how you would like to receive alerts, either through a mobile app, email, text message or phone call.

https://www.rdn.bc.ca/voyent-alert




Wildfire is a serious risk, not just in the, but across Canada. The effects of not being prepared can be devastating.

Below you will see a short video of the evacuations from the 2016 Fort MacMurray wildfire in Beacon Hill Alberta. Further down there are the aerial before and after photos demonstrating the total destruction caused by the wildfire, this is a stark reminder of the real threat of wildfires in Canada.

Keep an eye on the motorcyclist. Can you tell when he's getting too hot? Can you see the embers blowing across the road and across the back of the truck? Look for the spot fires on the right side of the video. How quickly does it go from a spot fire to a house fire?

The above photos are the before and after aerial views of the wildfire in the video above. To clarify there are no surviving homes in the after photo.


Another example of the complete devastation caused by the Fort MacMurray Wildfire in the Beacon Hill area.




-MAY 2022 UPDATE -

As the cool rainy weather continues we are beginning to update this webpage to be the go-to platform for all things FireSmart!

If you have any questions please reach out, but bare with us as this webpage will be evolving over the next few weeks!



The RDN's Electoral Area Services Committee (EASC) has endorsed the recently completed Community Wildfire Resiliency Plans (CWRPs) for each Electoral Area, and Fuel Management Prescriptions (FMPs). These CWRP's have come with a host of recommendations which are in the process of being evaluated and prioritized based on importance, resources available, and the direction of FireSmartTM desired in the Regional District of Nanaimo.

On this page, you'll find a wealth of FireSmart information along with the many way's to get involved in FireSmarting your own home, neighbourhood, and community, specifically within the Regional District of Nanaimo and the surrounding municipalities.

Additionally you will find:

  • Information on what FireSmart is all about
  • Frequently Asked Questions about FireSmart
  • Links to FireSmartBC and BC Wildfire Services Resources
  • Videos about why planning for wildfire resilience is important
  • Articles and updates about FireSmart in the RDN
  • FireSmart events in the RDN

Sign up for updates on how you can get involved in FireSmart programs, and for helpful FireSmart tips along the way! Ask a question, send us a message, and explore this FireSmart Page!



Voyent Alerts - keep informed

To stay informed about emergency incidents such as wildfires or flooding within the RDN sign up for the "Voyent Alert" service. Registration for the service is FREE, simple and anonymous. You can choose how you would like to receive alerts, either through a mobile app, email, text message or phone call.

https://www.rdn.bc.ca/voyent-alert




Wildfire is a serious risk, not just in the, but across Canada. The effects of not being prepared can be devastating.

Below you will see a short video of the evacuations from the 2016 Fort MacMurray wildfire in Beacon Hill Alberta. Further down there are the aerial before and after photos demonstrating the total destruction caused by the wildfire, this is a stark reminder of the real threat of wildfires in Canada.

Keep an eye on the motorcyclist. Can you tell when he's getting too hot? Can you see the embers blowing across the road and across the back of the truck? Look for the spot fires on the right side of the video. How quickly does it go from a spot fire to a house fire?

The above photos are the before and after aerial views of the wildfire in the video above. To clarify there are no surviving homes in the after photo.


Another example of the complete devastation caused by the Fort MacMurray Wildfire in the Beacon Hill area.




  • BCWS Seasonal Outlook May 2022

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    During the fire season, the BC Wildfire Service predictive services unit produces seasonal outlooks on a monthly basis. Season forecasts are assessed by meteorologists and fire behavior specialists who consider a range of environmental factors and observed weather data. The first available outlook produced this year was on May 4th.


    BCWS Seasonal Outlook May 2022

  • CWRP Final Copies to be presented to the EASC

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    We're excited to announce that The Community Wildfire Resiliency Plans for each Electoral area will be presented to the Electoral Area Services Committee on May 5, 2022. Final copies will be available as part of the meeting agenda, found here:

    https://www.rdn.bc.ca/agendas-minutes-videos

    Once presented to the EASC, copies of the CWRPs for each electoral area will be uploaded to the RDN website.

    This has been a very extensive project that has brought together many components, residents, and agencies, and we want to thank everyone for their participation!

  • Fuel Management Prescription for 707 Park and RDN Arboretum

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    The Fuel Management Prescriptions for 707 Community Park on Gabriola Island, and the RDN Arboretum will was presented to the Electoral Area Services Committee on February 3rd. A copy of the Fuel Management Prescriptions are available in the February 3rd meeting agenda. To view the meeting or the agenda, follow the link below

    https://www.rdn.bc.ca/agendas-minutes-videos

  • New Video! - FireSmart Awareness Tips (May 6, 2021)

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    Watch Kaitlin from the RDN Emergency Services team talk about how to become FireSmart around your home and property! This presentation was part of Emergency Preparedness Week.

    Follow this link to watch!



  • Introducing: The Get FireSmart Podcast

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    FireSmart BC has just introduced their brand new "Get FireSmart" Podcast

    The “Get FireSmart” Podcast is a place to hear powerful stories and learn valuable lessons from FireSmart leaders across the world. The bi-weekly episodes will highlight the unique and insightful range of experts that make up the world of wildfire prevention and FireSmart. The 30 to 60-minute episodes will explore a variety of topics, ranging from practical tips around the home to the fascinating science behind wildfire prevention and mitigation.

    Head to the Get FireSmart webpage for details on how to listen!

  • BC Wildfire Service April - Seasonal Outlook

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    During the fire season, the BC Wildfire Service predictive services unit produces seasonal outlooks on a monthly basis. Season forecasts are assessed by meteorologists and fire behaviour specialists who consider a range of environmental factors and observed weather data.

  • RDN News Release - Wildfire Resiliency Planning Grant

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    The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) has been approved for a grant of $384,960 for Electoral Area Community Wildfire Resiliency Planning. The Community Resiliency Investment FireSmartTM grant, which is funded by the Government of British Columbia and administered by the Union of BC Municipalities, will enable the RDN to develop new Community Wildfire Resiliency Plans (CWRPs) for each of the seven Electoral Areas within the RDN to reduce the risk and impact of wildfires. Development of Fuel Management Prescriptions for the 707 Community Park on Gabriola Island and the RDN Arboretum property (formerly the H.R. MacMillan Grant Ainscough Arboretum) will also be covered by the grant.

Page last updated: 20 May 2022, 01:42 PM