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WILDLAND/URBAN INTERFACE MITIGATION - FIRE SMART

City of Yellowknife Fuel Reduction Strategy

The City of Yellowknife is moving ahead with the Yellowknife Community Wildfire Protection Plan which has identified specific high risk areas around the City that would benefit from vegetation reduction measures to lower the threat of forest fires impacting the city. 

The 2019 Community Wildfire Protection Plan outlines areas in the City that will be targeted for the fuel reduction strategy (Firesmarting Montaine Review 2019)

 For more information please contact the Manager of the Emergency Management Division at 920-5687 (dgillard@yellowknife.ca) or Director of Public Safety at 920-5661 (ebussey@yellowknife.ca). 

FireSmarting Awareness Campaign

In May, Yellowknife Firefighters will be going door to door, in areas where properties back onto the wildland interface, providing information on how residents can limit forest fire damage through FireSmarting techniques.

Firefighters will distribute pamphlets provided by FireSmart Canada and Environment & Natural Resources, GNWT, which provide simple measures to help reduce the risk of wildfire destroying your home.  Included with the pamphlet will be a check list to evaluate property for the level of risk from wildfire, as well as a preparation guide in the event that evacuation is required.  The checklist and preparation guide can also be obtained on the links below.

The greatest risks to properties located within the City of Yellowknife are airborne burning embers which can remain airborne for over 1.5km. 

 To reduce this risk, the following measures can be taken at minimal cost:

Zone 1a: (House - 1.5m out)

1.  Have a 1.5m (5’) non-combustible zone around your home (rock, gravel, sand);

2.  Clear debris (needles, leaves, & other combustibles) from roof & eavestroughs, deck and space under decks;

3.  Remove combustibles stacked against your home.

 

Zone 1 (Yard - 10m [33’] around home)

1.  If a wildfire advances in your area, remove any vehicles from the driveway (inside the garage or to a safe location)

2.  Maintain your woodpile at least 10m from your home (or any outbuilding).

3. Remove any tree branches overhanging your roof.

4.  Limit the number of coniferous trees (pine, spruce) and bushes within 10m of your home.

5.  Maintain ground cover within 10m (remove twigs, branches and/or needles, if you have a lawn, keep it mowed).

 

By participating in the FireSmart  program in the ways outlined above, you are giving yourself and your neighbours the best chance for your home to survive a wildfire.  All Yellowknife residents are urged to take FireSmarting preventive measures, whether or not your property is bordering forested areas.

Homeowner’s FireSmart Manual – FireSmart Begins at Home  https://www.enr.gov.nt.ca/en/services/firesmart-program/home-and-cabin-owners

 FireSmarting Homeowner Checklist

 

 

 

 

 

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