A new partnership promises to help more communities protect themselves against wildfire.
This year, BCAA began a multi-year partnership with FireSmart™ BC. This will get more fire prevention expertise into communities across the province by rapidly expanding FireSmart BC’s Home Partners Program.
This partnership is designed to increase public fire prevention knowledge and to help people take proactive steps to reduce the chance of wildfires damaging their homes and wider community. This is a big step toward making our province more resilient and prepared in the face of future wildfires.
FireSmart Saved My Home
Ruth-Anne Fanning, BCAA Customer Care Manager, shares how her community’s work with FireSmart BC meant the difference between relief and disaster.
Logan Lake is my hometown, and my parents still live in the same house I grew up in. In 2021, the Tremont wildfire threatened Logan Lake.
When the whole town was ordered to evacuate on August 12, we thought the town was gone for sure. But Logan Lake had partnered with FireSmart BC for some time, becoming the first certified FireSmart community.
Thanks to forest management, fire breaks and other mitigation measures, the fire burned all the way up to Logan Lake’s municipal boundaries but then ran out of fuel, saving the town.
When I heard about BCAA's partnership with FireSmart BC, I was over the moon. It's really special to work for an organization that truly cares about communities across British Columbia.
I keep thinking back to that summer and how it felt for me and my family and the rest of the town, not knowing what would happen to the community I grew up in and still call home. There is no doubt in my mind that this partnership will save more homes and communities — just like it saved mine.
As increased fire activity in the province becomes more likely each year, it’s more important than ever for us to pull together as a community and do what we can to help mitigate risk and offer relief.
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