Protective Services

Protective Services

Protect your home and yard from wildfires

Wildlfires can be started wherever there is a spark–from lightning, logging, campfires, fireworks, even cigarettes. It is everyone’s responsibility to prevent fires from starting and to reduce the likelihood of fire spreading.   

Home and yard

The best way to protect your home from wildland fire is to remove sources of ignition from your property.

Houses are threatened by embers carried on wind, flames in tree canopies, and flames burning through grass and underbrush. Reduce fuel for embers and create fire breaks for flames by following this checklist. 

  1. Create a wildfire safety zone around your home. Pay closest attention to the 10 metres around your home. If your home is on a slope, extend this safe zone on the downhill side. Fire races uphill.
    • Clean up branches, needles and underbrush in your yard.
    • Clean debris from your eavestroughs and gutters.
    • Don’t keep firewood, propane or other fuel tanks within 10 metres of your home.
    • Thin any coniferous trees within 30 metres of your home, spacing them at least three metres apart.
    • Remove all tree branches within 2.5 metres of the ground. 
  2. Use wildfire safe building materials. When planning construction or renovations, use wildfire-safe material and techniques. Changing roofing and siding material and closing in decks and stairways can reduce the spread of wildfire.
  3. Create a wildfire safety plan for your property. 
    • Keep connected a hose and nozzle that can reach your roof and exterior walls. 
    • If water pressure is uncertain, have a 205 litre barrel of water and 10-litre pail in place.
    • Keep handy a ladder that lets you reach the roof to put out small fires.
    • Use a round-point shovel and grubbing tool or metal rake to smother ground fires or remove its fuel.
    • Keep your driveway clear so you can get out quickly. Be sure driveway and roadway access is wide enough for firefighting equipment to get in.
    • Do a regular inspection for fire risk.
    • Ensure everyone in your home knows where the tools are kept, who to call, emergency numbers, and how to get off the property safely.
  4. Create a wildfire safety plan for your community
  5. Campfire and open burn safety
    You need a permit for any open burn (other than a campfire). Outside of Whitehorse city limits, burn permits are needed between April 1 and September 30.

    When building a campfire, choose your site carefully.
    • Use a designated fire pit or build a ring of rocks at least five metres from structures and tents.
    • Remove all leaves, twigs and other flammable material from the area.
    • Only start a fire if the danger rating is low.

Keep your fire small and under control to prevent it from sparking into surrounding bushes and trees. Never leave your campfire unattended

To put out your campfire, pour water on it. Douse the site thoroughly. Stir the campfire until there are no embers. Repeat dousing and stirring until the ashes are cold to the touch.