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FireSmart & the Birchwood Trails

Recent Work

Controlled burn underway Dec. 18

Pictured above is the scene of a supervised controlled burn on the Birchwood Trails from Dec. 18, 2016. (Click image for larger view.)

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Birchwood Trails FireSmart Project.

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FireSmart Photo Gallery

FireSmart is a national program adopted in communities across Canada aimed at reducing the risk of wildfire to homes and neighbourhoods. The Municipality is implementing a number of FireSmart preventative measures on municipally to mitigate the risk of future wildfires. The Municipality is also working with the Government of Alberta regarding FireSmart preventative measures on their lands.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is FireSmart and why is it necessary in our community?
A:
FireSmart is a national program adopted in communities across Canada aimed at reducing the risk of wildfire to your home and neighbourhood. The Municipality is implementing a number of FireSmart preventative measures to mitigate the risk of future wildfires.

Q: What current FireSmart projects are taking place?
A:
Current FireSmart projects are ongoing in the Birchwood trails and areas of Thickwood, Dickinsfield and Timberlea based on identified need by qualified professionals. These measures are part of vegetation management. This includes fuel reduction projects such as the removal of dead standing trees and thinning/pruning the remaining trees.

Q: Are all current programs to manage forested areas and mitigate the risk of wildfire part of FireSmart?
A:
No. Hazardous tree removal, reforestation, trail remediation and firebreak restoration are separate from the FireSmart program. Debris generated from the removal and thinning of trees and plants is being disposed of through mulching, small, controlled burns supervised by qualified contractors and other methods of disposal.

Q: What is that smoke Iā€™m seeing on the side of the road? Is that safe?
A:
Debris piles are being burned using a supervised burning process that is only done in favourable, safe weather conditions. This burning is closely monitored at all times, following strict guidelines.

Q: When will this portion of the project end?
A:
The anticipated end date for the project that includes the removal and thinning of trees and plants is March 31. Further similar efforts are anticipated over the coming years.

Q: The sight of fire and smoke from the burns is upsetting. What should I do?
A:
While the fuel reduction projects are active, fire and smoke from the burns will be visible. This may cause concern or unexpected emotional triggers in individuals. This is a natural reaction and resources are available. The Community Wellness Support section of our website has a list of contacts and links that can help you in difficult times.

Q: Where do I get more information about FireSmart?
A:
To learn about the FireSmart program, visit the FireSmart Canada website.

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