Community Wildfire Protection

Community WIldfire Protection - Lead PHOTO (1)

In 2017, the City of Williams Lake and the surrounding regions faced unprecedented threat in the face of historic wildfires in British Columbia, forcing the City's evacuation for almost two weeks from July 14 to July 27, 2017.

While work to protect residents from the threat of a wildfire had already begun, the City ramped up its efforts in the months and years to follow resulting in the creation and, by 2019, the completion, of the Williams Lake and Area Community Wildfire Protection Plan - Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative (CWPP).

The CWPP, created in cooperation with the Cariboo Regional District, Williams Lake First Nation and Xat'sull First Nation, was made possible through collaboration between multiple stakeholders including the B.C Government, several interest groups, BC Wildfire Service, the Fraser Basin Council, forestry consultants, the Williams Lake Community Forest, BC Timber Sales, woodlot licensees and forest industry representatives.


In 2020, the City of Williams Lake embarked on further enhancing and implementing its British Columbia FireSmart strategy laid out in its Community Wildfire Protection Plan. FireSmart assessments and a rebate on FireSmart treatment are now available through the City of Williams Lake. If you have questions, or would like to receive an assessment, email

The Community Wildfire Protection Plan identifies areas to be treated for fuel reduction. The intention of these treatments is to reduce the energy released by a fire front. Reducing the energy released means that the fire would be on the ground, moving slowly across the forest floor. A fire like that can be safely addressed by fire-fighters, providing a better opportunity to defend our community.  The areas planned for fuel treatment are shown on Map 8 from the CWPP – just click the image to the right.

CWPP Map and Fuel Treatment Areas

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Fuel treatment will include thinning and pruning trees, gathering and removing surface fuels, and then periodic maintenance. Removing surface fuels may, in some situations, include the use of prescribed fire under a burn plan prepared and carried out by a qualified burn boss. As an example, in April 2021 the BC Wildfire Service and Williams Lake Fire Department successfully carried out a prescribed burn in Boitanio Park and in Stampede Park.



Local Authorities
City of Williams Lake EOC
: 250-392-2364 / website / facebook / twitter
Cariboo Regional District: 1-866-759-4977 / 
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Williams Lake First Nation
: 250-296-3507 / facebook / website
Everbridge (local emergency notification system): 
250-392-6211 (non-emergency) / website / facebook / twitter
WL SPCA: 250-305-9436 / 
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Wildfire Info
BC Wildfire Service (status, maps and prevention)
: 1 888 336-7378 / 
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BCWS Fire Reporting Hotline: 1-800-663-5555 or *5555
BCWS Active Wildfires map
Central Caribou Fire Bulletins
Wildfire Smoke Forecast
BC Burn Registration Line: 1-888-797-1717
Government Info
City of Williams Lake Weather: 
Emergency Info BC
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BC Road Conditions: 1-800-550-2997 / 
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PreparedBC (disaster readiness)
GetPrepared Canada

Health and Social Services
Williams Lake Resiliency Center
website / 250-305-0226
Williams Lake Donation Center
BC Interior Health
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Canadian Red Cross
 (Evacuee registration and information):  1-800-863-6582 / website / facebook / twitter
BC Air Quality Health Index
BC Economic Disaster Recovery Program: 1-877-422-3377 / 
BC Recreational Sites and Trails Status
Neighboring Jurisdiction Emergency Operations
Thompson-Nicola RD: 250-377-7188 / 
TNRD Evacuation Status Map
Squamish-Lillooet RD
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Strathcona RD
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Mount Waddington RD
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Central Coast RD
Bulkley Nechako RD
Fraser-Fort George RD