Who We are

Wildfire AP is a FireSmart member that specializes in wildfire adaptation and protection. We do research, risk assessments and consultations, community wildfire planning,  sprinkler sales and installations, vegetation management planning, and firefighting equipment sales and rentals. At WildFire AP, we work collaboratively with our clients in order to find the solutions that work best for them. We follow internationally recognized FireSmart standards for risk assessments and recommendations and we strive to use the most up-to-date wildfire science and adaptation methods in our work. Our team has experience in biocultural design and research, community-based planning, wildfire suppression and value protection, and natural resource management. We are based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but we offer services Canada wide.

 
 

WildFire - The Issues

Forest fire regimes are changing; scientists predict that as global temperatures rise, the frequency and intensity of forest fires are expected to increase.

Historic fire patterns are expected to shift resulting in a fire management scenario where fire suppression resources are stretched thin or exhausted while a greater number of people, properties, and infrastructure are at risk from wildfire.

The boreal forest region is a fire prone ecosystem and although fire suppression can catch smaller, lower intensity fires, the ones that escape are usually those that burn large areas and are difficult to control. Fire programs do install sprinklers in emergencies, but their priority is fire suppression and their value-protection resources are limited.

The wildland urban interface (WUI) is the area where forest fuels transition into urban fuels. WUI fires occur when forest fire spreads from the forest into homes and yards.

The conventional practice of fire suppression has proven to be ineffective and extremely expensive when dealing with WUI wildfires. However, proactive adaptation and mitigation steps have been shown to be effective in reducing vulnerability to wildfire.

Firesmart and wildfire adaptation

It has been shown that FireSmart buildings and structures with sprinkler installations have a 90% chance of surviving wildfire.

Wildfire adaptation is a term we use for when FireSmart recommendations are implemented around homes, communities, and landscapes that meet or exceed FireSmart’s standards. Wildfire adaptation can involve fuel and landscape modifications, structural changes to at-risk buildings, sprinkler installations, community wildfire protection plans, prescribed burns, and annual re-assessments.

Fire adaptation work within a ten meter area surrounding a home has been shown to have the most impact in protecting the home from wildfire. We at WildFire AP believe that home and community protection is best achieved by property-level planning on a community-level scale, beginning at the structure and moving out into the landscape.

Communities working with us will achieve FireSmart Community Recognition status,  a national recognition program that certifies communities that have developed a FireSmart plan and implemented wildfire risk mitigation measures.

Doing wildfire adaptation and FireSmart work has the benefits of creating stronger community connections, creating work within communities, increasing property values, decreasing insurance premiums, and reducing the stress and harm caused by wildfire and the loss of homes. FireSmart communities are also easier to defend from wildfire, thus increasing the efficiency of municipal and provincial firefighting resources and decreasing the likelihood of wildfire disasters.

Ask your insurance provider about possible rebates if you are considering Firesmart work and sprinkler installations.