The Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) process was created in BC as a response to the devastating 2003 wildfire in Kelowna. CWPPs are managed and funded through the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Working Group and are an integral part of the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative. The initiative supports community efforts to mitigate risk from wildfire in what’s known as the wildland-urban interface — any area where combustible wildland fuels (vegetation) are found adjacent to homes, farm structures, other outbuildings, or infrastructure.
CWPPs aim to develop strategic recommendations to help communities improve safety and reduce the risk of damage to property from wildfires.
The 2021 CWPP provides the District with a framework that can be used to review and assess areas of identified high fire risk within North Saanich. Additionally, the information contained in this report can guide the improvement and/or development of emergency plans, emergency response, evacuation plans, communication and education programs (including FireSmart), bylaw development in areas of fire risk, and the management of potentially hazardous forest lands adjacent to the community.
We invite members of the public to review the plan and provide feedback to Mayor and Council: firstname.lastname@example.org.