Climate change is likely to have a major impact on wildland fire across our Region. On average, wildland fire threatens about 20 communities and 70,000 people annually in Canada, and fire management costs Canada about $700 million a year. Both the area burned and costs will rise as a result of climate change. In British Columbia, fire records show that the wildfire season has been increasing in length by one to two days a year since at least 1980. While the trend is clear and well accepted, there is uncertainty about the rate and duration of change, in part because these factors depend on future emissions scenarios.
Visit the Cowichan New Normal website for information on the current fire hazard and tools to help you FireSmart your home and property.
The CVRD supports the protection of our properties and communities from fire. The CVRD's Public Safety Division coordinates public response and emergency management.