Category 2 & 3 fires are banned in North Cowichan effective 12pm May 18. Small campfires are still permitted at this time.
Wildfire Mitigation Project
The Municipality of North Cowichan analysed its wildfire risk in the 2020 Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). The overall wildfire risk in North Cowichan was determined to be moderate to high and is expected to increase in the future with climate change. The project described on this page was launched in 2021 to respond to several of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan’s recommendations. This work will support wildfire resilience through a variety of strategies to proactively reduce wildfire risk in North Cowichan.
2022 Project - Mount Tzouhalem Fuel Management
Fuel hazard reduction treatments will take place between Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 on Mount Tzouhalem as per the fuel management prescription. This phase of the work will be done on a portion of the treatment area that features high risk forests near homes, future development, and high public traffic areas. There will be future treatment phases that will take several years to complete the entire identified treatment area on Mount Tzouhalem.
This work will require periodic closure of trails and portions of the Kaspa Road parking lot. Please watch for warning/closure signage and personnel on site.
For more information about the 2022 project, click the posters below:
The scope of the 2021 wildfire risk reduction project includes three components:
You can learn more about all three project components and find up-to-date information about the project by visiting the interactive project page (click on the thumbnail below).
Community members were invited to attend four virtual public information sessions to learn more and ask questions about the wildfire risk reduction treatment plans, FireSmart assessments, and the wildfire development permit area. Three of the public information sessions were focused on each one of the wildfire risk reduction treatment areas. A fourth information session focused on the wildfire development permit area. Please see video recordings of these session below:
PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION 1: Mt. Tzouhalem
Watch the recording of this presentation at: https://youtu.be/h8SV5pxwKJs
PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION 2: Maple Mountain
Watch the recording of this presentation at: https://youtu.be/6OxxUrtbsbM
PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION 3: Mt. Richards
Watch the recording of this presentation at: https://youtu.be/bOdgkfyDqnc
PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION 4: Wildfire Development Permit Area
Watch the recording of this presentation at: https://youtu.be/VL2qq6-S7uI
Questions about this project can be directed to Municipal Forester Shaun Mason by phone 250-746-3124 or email email@example.com
The Municipality of North Cowichan is currently engaging community members on the future management of the Municipal Forest Reserve. This is part of the Council directed technical review of forest management practices being conducted by the UBC Partnership group. You can find out more about the Forestry Review at www.ConnectNorthCowichan.ca/MFR