Libby Price, B.Econ, MEM, EP
By Libby Price, B.Econ, MEM, EP on March 26, 2024

Wildfire Prevention Techniques

Wildfires are becoming increasingly common in Alberta during the spring and summer months. It’s natural to feel nervous about the upcoming wildfire season considering the severity of the 2023 season. Fortunately, there are steps you can take on your property to reduce the risk of damage in the event of a wildfire. We offer a range of services that help communities and their residents better protect themselves during wildfire season.



Protecting Your Property - Vegetation Management Practices

FireSmart is a program designed to reduce the risk of wildfires. It involves community preparedness, vegetation management, building design improvements, emergency planning, and public education efforts to mitigate wildfire impacts.


FireSmart vegetation management techniques aim to reduce the risk of wildfires by modifying the surrounding landscape to create defensible space and minimize fire spread. Key FireSmart vegetation management techniques include:


1. Defensible Space

By clearing vegetation around structures and creating a 30-foot buffer zone, wildfires are less likely to spread.


2. Selective Removal

Reduce fuel for wildfires by removing dead trees and thinning out vegetation.


Wildfire treatment map

3. Thinning and Pruning

Limit wildfire spread across tree canopies by trimming branches.


4. Fuel Breaks

Clear vegetation along roads and ridgelines to slow fire spread


Fireguard Map5. Fuel Modification

Methods like prescribed burning can be used to manage fuel characteristics. Prescribed burning is a controlled process where fires are deliberately set by trained professionals under carefully managed conditions to achieve specific land management objectives.


6. Fire-Resistant Landscaping

Limit wildfire spread by choosing fire-resistant plants in your landscaping and maintain healthy vegetation on your property.


7. Community Collaboration

When communities work together on large-scale vegetation management projects and risk assessments, it can lower the risk of wildfires across the community.


Services we offer

We offer wildfire mitigation services to rural and urban communities, Indigenous communities, and organizations including:


Wildfire mitigation strategies and preparedness guides

We offer strategies that include implementing measures such as vegetation management and creating defensible spaces to reduce the impact of wildfires. Additionally, we provide operational tools and guides to assist individuals and communities in preparing for wildfire events.


Wildfire hazard and risk assessments

Our team of experts are skilled at evaluating the likelihood of potential impacts of wildfires in specific areas, identifying vulnerabilities and informing land use planning, emergency response planning, and mitigation efforts.


Wildfire Analysis/Modeling and Mapping

Our experts use modeling tools (BurnP3, Exposure Assessment, Prometheus) to simulate the potential behavior and spread of wildfires, aiding in forecasting fire behavior, assessing potential impacts, and guiding response strategies


Ready to prepare your community for wildfire season?

View our Wildfire Mitigation Services here.


What to do next

Contact us: Reach out to us directly with any questions about wildfire prevention and mitigation

Libby Price, B.Econ., M.E.M., EP
Senior Environmental Analyst

Reach out to your local Municipal Representative if you would like vegetation management work done in your area.

Visit FireSmart Canada to learn more about the FireSmart program.


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