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Similkameen Community Wildfire Roundtable

Field tour 2024

In Spring 2024 Roundtable members gathered for a field tour, including a visit to a fuel management site in Hedley

The Similkameen Community Wildfire Roundtable was formed in January 2024 to support the effective coordination and communication of roles among the organizations responsible for different aspects of wildfire preparedness in Princeton and surrounding areas.

The Roundtable is addressing a range of issues that assist with implementation of community wildfire resiliency and other types of wildfire risk reduction plans.

The work of community wildfire roundtables includes a focus on such topics as:

  • FireSmart education
  • Timber harvesting opportunities
  • Fuel management
  • Resources and capacity
  • First Nations traditional burning

To learn more, see the terms of reference below.

The Roundtable is facilitated by the Fraser Basin Council, with funding from the BC Wildfire Service.

Terms of Reference

Area of Interest

Area of Interest Overview

Similkameen Community Wildfire Roundtable Area of Interest Overview

The Similkameen Community Wildfire Roundtable Overview map (above) sets out the area of interest for this Roundtable. For a higher resolution version, download the PDF map.

Ministry of Forests Districts and BC Wildfire Service Zones

See also the map below which shows the Ministry of Forests natural resource districts and BC Wildfire Service fire zones. For a higher resolution version, download the PDF map.

Similkameen Community Wildfire Roundtable MoF and BCWS

Roundtable Membership

Similkameen Community Wildfire Roundtable January 2024

The Roundtable is composed of representatives of organizations involved in all aspects of wildfire preparedness and risk reduction in the area. Participants are expected to include:

  • Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen
  • Town of Princeton
  • Village of Keremeos
  • Upper Similkameen Indian Band
  • Lower Similkameen Indian Band
  • Ministry of Forests
  • BC Wildfire Service
  • Ministry of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness
  • Ministry of Water Land and Resource Stewardship
  • Volunteer fire departments
  • Neighbourhood FireSmart committees
  • Weyerhaeuser
  • Gorman Group
  • BC Timber Sales
  • Forest tenure holders (community forest, woodlot licensees, major licensees, BCTS
  • Other organizations, individuals or businesses that have infrastructure to protect, or resources or capacity to provide

Meeting Materials

Meeting of May 29, 2024

Meeting of January 24, 2024:

Contact Us

You can reach the Roundtable by contacting Mike Simpson, contractor for the Fraser Basin Council, which serves as secretariat:

Mike Simpson

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in British Columbia.

Where We Work

We are grateful to live and work on the unceded ancestral territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.

Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

Strategic Priorities

At the Fraser Basin Council, our strategic priorities are to take action on climate change, support healthy watersheds and water resources, and build sustainable and resilient communities.

With our partners, we work on a range of collaborative, multi-sector initiatives, such as those focused on flood management, community wildfire planning, air quality improvement, energy-efficient buildings, green transportation (including the uptake of electric vehicles and expansion of charging infrastructure), watershed planning and youth-driven climate action projects.

FBC Program Sites

Plug in BC:


ReTooling for Climate Change:

FBC Youth:

Climate Action Toolkit: 

Salmon-Safe BC

Realizing UNDRIP Initiative

Contact Us

FBC staff work from our Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George offices, and from several other locations.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff or contact our administration office:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350