FireSmart helps communities located in forested areas to reduce the risk of wildfire to homes and neighbourhoods. It also helps property owners and communities understand the wildfire risk and how to make homes more resilient to fire. The combination of community-wide fuel reduction and backyard-level FireSmart work is our community's best defense against wildfires.
Since 2004, Parks Canada and the Municipality of Jasper have been working together to protect our community from wildfires. With funding from the Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta (FRIAA) and Parks Canada, renewed FireSmart work has taken place in Jasper in an effort to protect the community, its critical infrastructure and evacuation routes. Over 50 hectares of forest were treated in 2019 as part of a three-year plan (2018 to 2020) to increase community resiliency in the event of a wildfire.
FireSmart Your Home
During wildfires, airborne embers fly with the wind and can land in your yard, on your roof, or on the trees against your house. Help reduce the potential spread of wildfire by making your home FireSmart. The recommendations in the FireSmart Homeowner’s Manual (PDF) can help reduce the risk of wildfire to your home and neighbourhood.
The FireSmart Communities Program is designed to encourage self-organized groups of residents to take the lead in implementing solutions for wildfire safety on their properties. The Becoming a FireSmart Community (PDF) outlines the steps to become a recognized FireSmart community.
Jasper’s Lake Edith was the first neighbourhood in Canada to receive official FireSmart Canada community recognition.
FireSmart Guide to Landscaping
By making some strategic choices in your yard, you can create a FireSmart landscape. The FireSmart Guide to Landscaping (PDF) includes an extensive list of fire resistant plants and tips about FireSmart gardening.