FireSmart at Cowichan Tribes

Throughout BC and on Vancouver Island we’re seeing an increase in the severity of droughts and risk of forest fires, due to climate change. Wanting to protect our community, Cowichan Tribes is actively involved in the FireSmart program.

The FireSmart program takes a proactive approach to mitigating the risk of fires. This is done by:
promoting ways for community members to reduce the fuel sources on their properties
conducting FireSmart risk assessments for homes and buildings in high wildfire interface areas
removing fallen tree limbs and branches, invasive plant species and vegetation along fence lines and buildings in key areas

Watch for Khowutzun Forest Services staff going door-to-door, conducting FireSmart work and talking to residents about fire risks in the following neighbourhoods and critical buidings:


  • Quamichan Road/St. Annes
  • Riverbottom Road
  • Georgetown Road
  • Quamichan Road
  • Quw’utsun Smuneem Elementary School
  • Big house on Quamichan Road West
  • Cowichan Tribes buildings that back onto lands between Allenby and River Roads


They’ll also be giving suggestions for residents to make the property FireSmart. This includes removing any personal items or debris that’s close to the home and could be a fuel source for a fire.

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Thanks to our funding partner - Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM)