Kelowna Fire Department file photo. Image credit: Carmen Weld

Kelowna getting ready for fire season

“We want to help residents reduce the risk”

Starting on May 5 until the end of the month the Kelowna Fire Department will be knocking on residents’ doors in the Clifton neighbourhood to bring attention to wildland-urban interface fire safety, offering free FireSmart assessments on the spot.

“We know many in our community are paying attention to flooding concerns, but the reality is that we are also approaching what is typically wildfire season in the Central Okanagan,” said Rick Euper, Fire Inspector with the Kelowna Fire Department. “We want to help residents reduce the risk and encourage them to think of how they can FireSmart their home today to be safe tomorrow.”

Some ways residents can safeguard their property includes: cleaning up the yard from pine needles and dry leaves, keeping propane tanks 10 metres from the home or structures and storing toys a safe distance the house.


Residents can opt-in to receive a free assessment using a new test FireSmart app; Walking around your property with a Kelowna Firefighter, hazards will be identified. Upon completion of the assessment, residents will receive a comprehensive emailed report with specific recommendations to improve your home’s FireSmart rating.

The Kelowna Fire Department received a $10,000 grant in 2017 from the Union of BC Municipalities to test the FireSmart Canada app and is one of only a few communities participating in the pilot project.

Since 2013 the Kelowna Fire Department has annually knocked on doors in the spring to connect with homeowners directly to deliver the message of safety.

“We’ve seen success with Gallagher’s Canyon and Quail’s Ridge neighbourhoods being very receptive to the free assessments,” says Euper. “Each year we focus on a different neighbourhood to raise awareness, but we encourage all Kelowna residents to give us a call throughout the year to have their home assessed.”

In addition to FireSmart tips, homeowners are reminded to test their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors: batteries should be changed at least once a year. If your detector is more than 10 years old, it’s time to replace it with a new one.

To book a free FireSmart home assessment, contact Rick Euper at the Kelowna Fire Department at 250-469-8788 or For more information about FireSmart and fire safety tips, visit

To report a typo, email:


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

West Kelowna mayor to run for councillor position

After saying he won’t seek re-election as mayor, it appears Doug Findlater wants to stay on council

Ash falling in the Okanagan

Reports on social media of ashes on cars around the Okanagan

Temporary smoke relief in sight for Kelowna

Kelowna is expected to see a break in smoke until tomorrow afternoon

Kelowna developer warns home buyers to look at more than the price tag

Kelowna developer Jeffrey Anderson wants first-time homeowners to look at more than the price tag.

Canadian Armed Forces assist with mop-up of fire near West Kelowna

100 Armed Forces members are helping BC Wildfire crews with the Gottfriedson Mountain fire

Snowy Mountain fire travelling away from communities

The Snowy Mountain fire near Keremeos remains at 13,359 hectares in size

Minister optimistic after 2 days of Columbia River Treaty negotiations

Canadian and U.S. officials met in Nelson Wednesday and Thursday to discuss future of the treaty

Man dies in B.C. police cell while awaiting court hearing

An independent investigation is underway after a man died while in Penticton police custody Aug. 16

RCMP appeal for tips, dashcam footage in German tourist shooting west of Calgary

The Durango crashed into the ditch after the shooting near the Goodstoney Rodeo Centre

2 nurses attacked at B.C. psych hospital, union calls for in-unit security

PHSA says that in-unit guards would do more harm than good

Former Shuswap optician won’t be jailed for sexually assaulting minor

Kenneth Pilkington sentenced to 24 months’ probation for offence three decades ago

Osland to make LPGA Tour debut

Kelowna’s Megan Osland has earned an exemption into next week’s CP Women’s Open in Regina.

Red Cross now accepting donations for those impacted by B.C. wildfires

The Canadian Red Cross is asking for help now and in the weeks and months ahead.

Most Read