Wildfire Prevention in Mackenzie

Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs) were created in BC in response to the devastating 2003 Wildfires in Kelowna. CWPPs’ primary purpose is to minimize wildfire risks around communities.

Mackenzie developed their first CWPP in 2005 and in 2017 had it updated. Progress has been made on recommendations of the initial CWPP, and the recent update of 2017 has clearly identified next steps.

The Mackenzie Wildfire Advisory Committee (MWAC) was recently formed as a partnership led by the MLMCF and the District of Mackenzie, with a primary focus on ensuring that the recommendations outlined in the CWPP are implemented and to identify wildfire mitigation opportunities at the landscape level.

Accomplishments to date

  • Fuel treatments surrounding the town (2005 CWPP)
  • Cross-training between Mackenzie Volunteer Fire Department & BC Wildfire Service
  • Development of an official Emergency Response and Recovery Plan
  • Registration to receive status as a FireSmart Community
  • Applied for $500,000 funding for various wildfire mitigation initiatives in 2018
  • Establishment of a steering committee in 2018
  • Commencing fuel treatment prescriptions, Fall 2018

Town Hall Meeting

Join us on September 19, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the Rec Centre Conference Room (upstairs) to discuss:

  • How we as a community can reduce our wildfire risks
  • How to prepare for an evacuation
  • Roles of local industry, municipal and provincial governments, and residents
  • How to protect your home in the event of a wildfire

Questions or Concerns?

Mackenzie Wildfire Advisory Committee contacts:

Joan Atkinson, District of Mackenzie 250-997-3190

Dan Boulianne, McLeod Make Mackenzie Community Forest 250-997-8155