FireSmart. Safer communities, healthier forests…
FireSmart helps protect homes and communities from the threat of wildfire. FireSmart
uses preventative measures to reduce wildfire threat to Albertans and their communities
while balancing the benefits of wildfire on the landscape.
Prescribed Fire – Supporting FireSmart Principles
A Proactive Approach to Wildfire Management
Prescribed fire is part of SRD's fire management policy that includes responsibility
for wildfire protection and prevention. Wildfires burn regardless of boundaries
and both prescribed fire and FireSmart programs can reduce the likelihood of large,
uncontrollable wildfires that can threaten Albertans and their communities.
Fire is an Essential Part of the Ecosystem
Fire helps recycle nutrients, helps plants reproduce and creates a diverse habitat
that benefits a variety of wildlife. Prescribed fire can help remove debris from
the ground and thin out forests which can help reduce the wildfire hazard. These
techniques are also used in the FireSmart program.
The safety of Albertans is our top priority
Prescribed fires are only pursued when specific conditions have been met and precautions
to protect Albertans and their communities have been taken.
Evan Thomas Prescribed Fire – An Example of Forest Management
In 2011, about 40 prescribed fires were conducted across Alberta. The Evan Thomas
prescribed fire (pictured) burned around 300 hectares in the Kananaskis Valley.
This prescribed fire will help reduce mountain pine beetle habitat, restore diverse
vegetation and reduce the threat of large scale wildfires to surrounding communities.
- Can reduce the likelihood of large uncontrollable wildfires in Alberta’s forests.
- Can improve the habitat for a number of species found in Alberta’s forests.
- Recognizes the benefit of introducing the controlled application of fire to sensitive
and protected areas of the forest (prescribed fire).
- Is built on partnerships between government, industry and homeowners. Wildfires
burn regardless of administrative boundaries.
By working together, we are moving toward a FireSmart Alberta:
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Updated: Aug 16, 2012