If you live in or near a forested area, you’re living in an area often referred to as the wildland/urban interface and sooner or later you may have to contend with a wildfire. The risk of wildfires is increasing in many parts of Canada and your best protection against loss, damage or injury is prevention and mitigation.

Protect your home from Wildfire

An average of 8,000 wildfires burn an average of 2.5 million hectares of forest each year in Canada. The following provides info on key areas that may require attention in order to reduce the risk of wildfire damage to your home.

Why Some Homes Survived: Learning from the Fort McMurray wildland/urban interface fire disaster

Why some homes survived: Learning from the Fort McMurray wildland/urban interface fire disaster
By Alan Westhaver, M.Sc.
March 2017
ISBN: 978-1-927929-04-9

Risk Reduction Status of Homes Reconstructed Following Wildfire Disasters in Canada

Risk reduction status of homes reconstructed following wildfire disasters in Canada
By Alan Westhaver, M.Sc.
September 2015
ICLR research paper series – number 55
ISBN: 978-1-927929-03-2

Human Dimensions of Fire Management at the Wildland-Urban Interface in Alberta

Human dimensions of fire management at the wildland-urban interface in Alberta: A summary report (PDF)
By Tara K. McGee, Bonita L. McFarlane, Lauren Harris and Hilary Faulkner
November 2009
ICLR research paper series – number 46
ISBN: 978-0-9784841-2-5

The Resilience of the City of Kelowna

The resilience of the City of Kelowna:
Exploring mitigation before, during and after the Okanagan Mountain Park Fire (PDF)
By Dan Sandink
January 2009
ICLR research paper series – number 45
ISBN: 978-0-9811792-0-9

Wildfires and Insurance

Wildfires and insurance
Paul Kovacs
Executive Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction and
Senior Vice President, Insurance Bureau of Canada
January 2001
ICLR Research Paper Series – No. 11

Properly preparing your home and community doesn’t completely guarantee you won’t incur fire damage, but it does reduce the risk. Make sure you have adequate insurance on your home and property

Protect your home from Wildfire

Fire is a natural process essential to maintain healthy forests. Wildland fires can also be a terrifying peril that threatens lives and property.

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Wildfire Hazard Research Papers

Why Some Homes Survived: Learning from the Fort McMurray wildland/urban interface fire disaster

Why some homes survived: Learning from the Fort McMurray wildland/urban interface fire disaster
By Alan Westhaver, M.Sc.
March 2017
ISBN: 978-1-927929-04-9

Risk Reduction Status of Homes Reconstructed Following Wildfire Disasters in Canada

Risk reduction status of homes reconstructed following wildfire disasters in Canada
By Alan Westhaver, M.Sc.
September 2015
ICLR research paper series – number 55
ISBN: 978-1-927929-03-2

Human Dimensions of Fire Management at the Wildland-Urban Interface in Alberta

Human dimensions of fire management at the wildland-urban interface in Alberta: A summary report (PDF)
By Tara K. McGee, Bonita L. McFarlane, Lauren Harris and Hilary Faulkner
November 2009
ICLR research paper series – number 46
ISBN: 978-0-9784841-2-5

The Resilience of the City of Kelowna

The resilience of the City of Kelowna:
Exploring mitigation before, during and after the Okanagan Mountain Park Fire (PDF)
By Dan Sandink
January 2009
ICLR research paper series – number 45
ISBN: 978-0-9811792-0-9

Wildfires and Insurance

Wildfires and insurance
Paul Kovacs
Executive Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction and
Senior Vice President, Insurance Bureau of Canada
January 2001
ICLR Research Paper Series – No. 11

The IIBHS offers a variety of tools in its Open for Business™ program for small business owners. This program not only reduces potential disaster loses but also assists businesses to reopen quickly should disaster strike.

You may also request a FREE Open…for Business™ package – consisting of a pamphlet, disaster planning folder and guide – by writing to info@iclr.org or calling (416) 364-8677.

Open for Business™ Guide (PDF)

The Open for Business™ Guide contains important steps for business owners to take when reporting losses, assessing damages and returning to business.

Open for Business Guide