IBE FireSmart Program
Indian Beach Estates is in the process of implementing the nation wide FireSmart Canada Program to protect our safety and assist with building a fire safe, resilient community. The IBE Board has approved a committee to manage the program to champion the cause of wildfire prevention and encourage owners to share in the efforts to protect our property from fire.
The FireSmart Program has been in existence since 1999 to facilitate the promotion of awareness and education aimed at reducing the risk of loss of life and property from fire in the wildland/urban interface.
The IBE FireSmart Committee will be involved in community-based initiatives providing and distributing information about wildfire prevention and is working in collaboration with the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK), the Windermere and Invermere Fire Departments as well as the Akisqnuk First Nations.
The Committee currently consists of:
- John Conley - #113
- Hugh Simson - #126
- Larry Strong - # 105
As an outcome of the past three fire seasons, it is evident that as a community, we need to be more proactive with our prevention and mitigation to protect people and property.
The Committee encourages all owners to become engaged and develop awareness of the program to assess their own property and share in the efforts to protect our community in the event of a wildfire. There is extensive information available on the FireSmart Canada website at www.firesmartcanada.ca.
IBE Fire Safety Message
Trees and Power Lines
Trees account for most power interruptions in B.C.
BC Hydro’s hazard tree program helps prevent trees and branches from falling on transmission and distribution power lines. BC Hydro identifies and when necessary, removes hazardous trees that grow along their rights-of-ways and corridors.
BC Hydro manages their tree and vegetation inspections on a 4-5 year cycle with their last program occurring in 2018 in IBE.
Pruning trees on your property
As a property owner, you are responsible for keeping the service line on your property clear of vegetation. Trees and other plants growing near power lines can interfere with the electrical system if they aren't properly maintained. The service line comes from the distribution line on the road to your house.
Tall trees and other plants growing too close to power lines need to be regularly pruned or removed altogether.
You can perform your own pruning as long as you think ‘SAFETY’ and keep yourself, your equipment and all parts of the tree at least three (3) meters away from the power line. If you can't manage the pruning or are unsure, contact a professional arborist to prune your trees.
Falling trees pose serious safety risks
Trees in contact with power lines or wires knocked down by trees can electrocute you and possibly ignite a fire.
If anything makes contact with an energized line, such as a tree, or if a broken power line falls to the ground or lands on a vehicle or shed, the line may still be energized creating a serious safety hazard.
Treat all power lines as live and dangerous during an emergency.
Keep everyone a safe distance away from the line and call 9-1-1 immediately.
Get a 72-hour emergency kit & know how to stay safe
It's vital to know in advance exactly what to do in the event of an emergency, whether it's a power outage or a natural disaster such as a wildfire or flood.
Take the time to put together a household emergency plan and a well-stocked emergency kit, ideally with 72 hours of supplies including food and supplies.
Ensure you have an evacuation plan and that all adults and children are aware of the plan.
Additional information is available on the BC Hydro web site (www.bchydro.com) or call 1 800 BCHYDRO (1 800 224 9376).