Fuel Management in the Wildland Urban Interface – Update

Author(s):  Forest Practice Board FPB;

Subjects:  Fuels in the WUI.  Prevention.

Publication year: 2015

Published by: Forest Practices Board / Forest Practices Board


The Board identified a number of issues that may be limiting fuel management in British Columbia (Canada): 1.Treating the identified hazard at the current average cost is unaffordable. 2. Some local governments and First Nations are not treating areas identified in community wildfire protection plans. 3. To date the forest industry has not played a major role in managing forest fuels in the interface. 4. Not all of the technical tools that prescribing professionals and government officials need to do their jobs exist (e.g., best management practices). The Board encourages government to review its approach to fuel management and consider these opportunities for improvement: 1. Provide sustainable and adequate funding. 2. Treat more area effectively and at a lower cost. 3. Redefine the role of local government. 4. Reduce the hazard in all new interface areas during the development phase. 5. Convince or compel at-risk private landowners to participate in the FireSmart program. This report provides several ideas to get the conversation started, but the Board expects consultation with practitioners, local governments, First Nations, the Union of BC Municipalities, First Nations Emergency Services Society and others will be necessary.


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