Wildfire Hazard Assessment & Abatement

Fire hazard assessments and hazard abatement are key activities in reducing the potential threat of wildfires arising from fuels left on the land base following industrial activities. Under the Wildfire Act a person carrying out an industrial activity or prescribed activity is required to assess and abate fire hazards as necessary. 

In conjunction with Natural Resources Canada, the BC Wildfire Service has developed A Guide to Fuel Hazard Assessment and Abatement in British Columbia to assist those carrying out industrial activities determine whether or not fuel hazard abatement is necessary, and if so, the threshold necessary to comply with the legislated obligations.

The guide provides a procedure to determine fuel hazards created by an industrial or prescribed activity on forest land and contains a straightforward step by step instruction to enable a person to determine when fuel hazard abatement is needed in relation to the fire risk, proximity to interface, and, fuel loading and arrangement.

Tools to Help Determine Fire Risk

Photo Guides and Other Useful Information

Photo Guide for Quantifying Forest Stands in British Columbia Photo Guide #501 – Forest Stands

Part Page Number (as it appears in document) PDF Document Page Number Description
Part 1 (PDF, 1.9 MB) i 2 Table of Contents
  ii 3 Acknowledgements
  iii 4 Abstract
  iv 5 Trees - Latin, Common Name & Abbreviations
  v 6 Brush and Shrubs - Latin and Common Name
  vi 7 Herbs - Latin and Common Name
  vii 8 Definition of Fuel Types
  viii 9 Key Words
  Blank - C3-8 10 - 27 Fuel Type C-3 – Mature Jack or Lodgepole Pine
Part 2 (PDF, 2.9 MB) C3-9 - C3-16 1 - 15 Fuel Type C-3 – Mature Jack or Lodgepole Pine (cont'd)
  Blank - C4-5 16 - 26 Fuel Type C-4 – Immature Jack or Lodgepole Pine
  Blank - C7-3 27 - 34 Fuel Type C-7 – Ponderosa Pine – Douglas fir
Part 3 (PDF, 4.2 MB) C7-4 - C7-20 1 - 34 Fuel Type C-7 – Ponderosa Pine – Douglas fir (cont’d)
Part 4 (PDF, 5.6 MB) C7-21 - C7-28 1 - 15 Fuel Type C-7 – Ponderosa Pine – Douglas fir (cont’d)
  Blank - M2-24 16 - 64 Fuel Type M-2 – Spruce Balsam
  Blank - O1-1 65 - 67 Fuel Type O-1 – Open Range - Sagebrush

Photo Guide for Quantifying Forest Stands in British Columbia Photo Guide #502 – Modified Forest Stands

Part Page Number (as it appears in document) PDF Document Page Number Description
Part 1 (PDF, 2.5 MB) i 2 Table of Contents
  ii 3 Acknowledgements
  iii 4 Abstract
  iv 5 Trees - Latin, Common Names and Abbreviations
  Blank 6 Blank Page
  v 7 Brush and Shrubs - Latin and Common Name
  vi 8 Herbs - Latin and Common Name
  vii 9 Definition of Fuel Types
  viii 10 Key Words
  Blank - C3-4 11 - 19 Fuel Type C-3 – Mature Jack or Lodgepole Pine
  Blank - C4-6 20 - 33 Fuel Type C-4 – Immature Jack or Lodgepole Pine
Part 2 (PDF, 2.7 MB) C4-7 - C4-21 1 - 29 Fuel Type C-4 – Immature Jack or Lodgepole Pine (cont'd)
Part 3 (PDF, 5.5 MB) Blank - C7-21 1 - 44 Fuel Type C-7 – Ponderosa Pine – Douglas fir
Part 4 (PDF, 2.6 MB) C7-22 - C7-36 1 - 29 Fuel Type C-7 – Ponderosa Pine – Douglas fir (cont'd)
  Blank 30 - 31 Fuel Type M-2 – Spruce Balsam
Part 5 (PDF, 2.8 MB) M2-1 - M2-3 1 - 5 Fuel Type M-2 – Spruce Balsam (cont’d)
  Blank - S1-7 6 - 20 Fuel Type S-1 – Jack or Lodgepole Pine Slash
  Blank - S1-7 21 - 36 Fuel Type S-2 – Spruce Balsam Slash
Part 6 (PDF, 3.1 MB) S2-8 - S2-24 1 - 33 Fuel Type S-2 – Spruce Balsam Slash (cont’d)
  Blank - S3-2 34 - 39 Fuel Type S-3 – Coastal Cedar – Hemlock – Douglas fir Slash
Part 7 (PDF, 2.3 MB) S3-3 - S3-17 1 - 39 Fuel Type S-3 – Coastal Cedar – Hemlock – Douglas fir Slash (cont’d)

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