Programs - FireSmart


NEW FOCA video - Safe Burning on your property.

Summer 2013: Watch this video for fire safety tips from FOCA and FireSmart! It's fire season; don't be the reason.

Spread the word! Copy these videos onto your website or send your members to our Firesmart page to help make your community more firesmart!

Spring Burning (1:30 version)

The FireSmart property

FireSmart Angler

FOCA and the Aviation and Forest Fire Management branch of the MNR are partners in supporting FireSmart programs for Ontario’s waterfront communities.

Owning a woodland property in rural Ontario means that you are more likely to be affected by natural disturbances such as forest fire. It is important to take steps on your property and in your community to reduce the risks from wildfire.

This can be accomplished by following some simple FireSmart precautions which include site preparation (clearing a zone of protection around your buildings), using fire resistant building materials and techniques, and using FireSmart burning techniques in and outside of your home or cottage.

The FireSmart program offers a set of tools available from FOCA and the MNR to help you  FireSmart your property and community; this includes videos, presentations, checklists, a home assessment test, and more.

See the FOCA FireSmart factsheet for a list of seasonal precautions you can take to ensure that you are ready for the coming fire season.

<--Please copy this ad and use it in your Association newsletters, websites or emails!

"My grandma's cottage was lost when I was a child due to arson. We take precautions like installing new batteries in smoke detectors... We always check our extinguishers on a regular basis... Anytime we have a bonfire, it is closely monitored and we always dig a pit surrounded by rocks to prevent any issues. Don't have fires on windy days ... and always have water handy if you intend to have a fire going." - Kristen Ellis, Thunder Bay. Grand Prize Winner of the 2012 "Safe at the Cottage" contest



Terry Rees meets with experts to discuss fire prevention at the Muskoka In-Water Boat and Cottage Show.

Click here to hear Terry talk about the cottage connections and FireSmart.



Nov 2013 - The forest fire season has officially closed. The 2013 season was relatively quiet compared to previous years.

MNR AFFES reports that, "This year, prolonged periods of high humidity with short, intermittent drying periods, have kept forest fuels damp and new human or lightning caused fires to a minimum."

Click here for the full report.

July 2013 - FOCA wishes to express our sympathies to the community of Prescott, Arizona, who this week suffered a devastating loss of 19 firefighters in the Yarnell blaze.

This is a terrible reminder of the devastation possible from wildfire, and also the tremendous risk emergency responders face every day.

Do your part – make your property more FireSmart today.

August 2013 - Kingston bans flying lanterns due to 'safety concern'. Read more....

June 2013 - Flying Fire -  FOCA helps raise awareness of the risks of releasing flying lanterns. Read comments in this blog....

FOCA followed up with the Office of the Fire Marshall (OFM)- OFM has made two news releases on the subject: 2012-13 and 2009-07 when the issue first came on their radar and OFM informed fire departments about the products.

Had an incident with a flying lantern? The OFM encourages you to complete a Health Canada Consumer Incident Report Form.

Read more about Flying Lantern Hazards - an update from the Municipality of Grey Highlands Fire and Emergency Services (forwarded by Nancy Matthews, Lake Eugenia) 

FOCA reminds our members to always take care and have control over any fire that they create.

2012 Fire Season Review - AFFES states that, "it was a more “normal” fire season despite fire activity running ahead of the ten-year averages for number of fires and hectares burned." There were more reported fires than in 2011 but much less area was burned. For the full report click here...

Stay up to date on forest fire hazard conditions and active fires across Ontario by viewing these maps:

2011 was a Record Fire Year - read the Forest Fire Summary report...

NEW Check out the newest FireSmart resource, Landscaping Techniques, on the FireSmart Cottage Fact Sheet page.

Number to Report Forest Fires
310-FIRE (3473)
is the new, toll-free number across northern Ontario.

The number will operate north of the French and Mattawa Rivers. It is not available for satellite phones or from phones outside the province; calls from these locations should go to local fire departments.

Northwestern Ontario - Call 310-FIRE (3473)
  • Northeastern Ontario - Call 310- FIRE (3473)
    Its a good time to check your homeowners insurance to ensure you have adequate fire (and other perils) coverage.

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