How can our community be better prepared?

Climate change and the condition of our forests indicate that wildfires will become more frequent in the coming years. As a remote community, we recognize the challenges of fighting rural interface fires and we're committed to using our experience of the 2017 fires to help us be better prepared.

We will also use this experience as an opportunity to discuss the effects of climate change in BC's forests, and advocate for strong partnerships with the Tsilhqot'in First Nation as we face the challenges of a warmer, more volatile climate.

 

COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS

 

fire caches

  • the Tatlayoko Valley fire cache committee has been re-established
    • existing funds to be spent on upgraded equipment
    • property visits on request to establish a plan for each property, i.e. water sources, available equipment, etc
  • the Tatla Resource Association has committed funds to start a fire cache in Kleena Kleene and Tatla
  • residents of West Branch, Puntzi, Kleena Kleene and Tatla have expressed interest in establishing their own fire caches
  • the Tatla Resource Association has funded establishment of a fire cache in Eagle Lake

 

assessments and prevention

  • Eniyud Community Forest (ECF) is conducting an ongoing assessment on new fir beetle infestations
  • Eniyud Community Forest (ECF) has identified fuel reduction areas to protect the Tatla Lake community and is seeking funding to undertake the project
  • volunteers from Tatlayoko fire cache committee to issue a questionnaire and list of recommendations for private residences
  • volunteers to help with fire hazard reduction, clearing trees, etc
  • annual community gathering to get comfortable using pumps, hoses, etc

 

education & Health

  • design a list of courses and requirements with the Ministry of Forests to create a local, credible incident response team to provide the local knowledge needed
  • explore a subsidized S100 course
  • first aid training course
  • explore an education unit at the school  
    • relationship between condition of forests, climate change, wildfires 
  • make residents aware of resources to deal with stress/trauma

 

burn plans and support

  • locals need to have a plan in place before controlled burning
  • have friends / neighbours on hand to help

 

safety planning

  • expand on evacuation plans developed in response to 2017 fires
    • alternate evacuation routes
    • safe zones, muster points
    • moving livestock