THE SILVERTON FIRE HALL
WILDFIRE RESILIENCY PROJECT
THE SILVERTON FIRE HALL WILDFIRE RESILIENCY PROJECT
The Silverton Fire Hall Wildfire Resiliency Garden serves as an interactive, educational space for the community to learn how to reduce their wildfire risk and is a component of the Slocan Valley Wildfire Resiliency Program.
The Silverton Fire Hall Wildfire Resiliency Garden was installed adjacent to the fire hall and has been designed using FireSmart best practices to create a wildfire resilient landscape. FireSmart provides guidelines to reduce wildfire risks to structures and surrounding areas extending 100m out from the structure. FireSmart guidelines breaks down the 100m out from the structure into the Non-combustible Zone (0-1.5m), Zone 1 (1.5-10m), Zone 2 (10-30m), and Zone 3 (30-100m).
The Non-combustible Zone 1.5m from the fire hall had all the combustible materials removed and replaced with either gravel, sand, or cement. The Silverton Fire Hall Wildfire Resiliency Garden is located within Zone 1 and Zone 2 from the structure.
In Zone 1 the garden design utilizes low density fire-resistant plants and shrubs and non-combustible rock mulches. In Zone 2 the garden bed density increases and uses composted wood mulch and a greater variety pf plant suitable to use in this zone.
All the plants selected for the garden possess fire-resistance plant attributes as listed in the FireSmart BC Landscaping Guide.