Government of Yukon

February 21, 2013

FireSmart projects help to safeguard Yukon communities

WHITEHORSE—Twenty-seven FireSmart projects are underway across Yukon to reduce the threat of wildfire in and around communities and neighbourhoods. In 2012/13, the Yukon government is investing $850,000 for projects in 14 communities.

“FireSmart continues to provide an effective way for not-for-profit organizations, community associations and municipal and First Nations governments to access funding and wildland fire management expertise in support of safeguarding our communities,” Community Services Minister Elaine Taylor said.

Over the last 14 years, more than $12 million has been invested in 337 FireSmart projects, helping to reduce the threat of wildfire and providing employment opportunities for Yukoners in the fall and winter.

FireSmart is a program that is subscribed to nationally, which increases public awareness and the resilience of communities and residents who live with the risk of wildfire. Preparing for the threat of wildfire is a shared responsibility.  Home owners, communities and governments have a shared role to play to lessen the potential effects of wildfire.

Rural property owners and residents living along greenbelts are encouraged to use the following FireSmart practices as part of an integrated fire risk reduction program:

  • Stack firewood and other combustibles away from your house and buildings.
  • Remove lower branches and space out trees on your property while retaining as much of the natural surroundings as possible.
  • Remove deadfall, tall grasses and shrubs around your house.
  • Keep areas under decks and stairs free of leaves, needles and debris.
  • Plant and encourage the growth of fire-resistant vegetation and trees.
  • Install fire-resistant roofing and siding as part of any renovations or repairs to your home.

For more information, contact the FireSmart coordinator 867-667-3013 and visit


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Matthew Grant
Cabinet Communications
Mac Hislop
Communications, Community Services

2012/13 FireSmart funding recipients



2012 funding

Beaver Creek

White River First Nation


Burwash Landing

Kluane First Nation



Carcross/Tagish First Nation



Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation



Village of Carmacks


Dawson City

Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in



Town of Faro


Haines Junction

Champagne and Aishihik First Nations



Village of Haines Junction


Marsh Lake

Marsh Lake Emergency Services Society



First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun



Village of Mayo



Mendenhall Volunteer Fire Department Society


Ross River

Ross River Dena Council



Village of Teslin



Teslin Tlingit Council



Tagish Volunteer Fire Department



Hillcrest Community Association



Granger Community Association



Copper Ridge Neighbourhood Association



Riverdale Community Association



Porter Creek Community Association



McLean Lake Residents' Association



Lorne Mountain Community Association



Kwanlin Dün First Nation



Crestview Community Association



Ta’an Kwäch’än Council





News Release #13-034