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 will address a range of issues that assist with implementation of community wildfire resiliency and other types of wildfire risk reduction plans.
Terms of Reference are now being developed. The work of community wildfire roundtables often includes a focus on such topics as:
Timber harvesting opportunities
Resources and capacity
First Nations traditional burning
The Roundtable is facilitated by the Fraser Basin Council, with funding from the BC Wildfire Service.
Area of Interest
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.
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
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
You can reach the Roundtable by contacting Mike Simpson, contractor for the Fraser Basin Council, which serves as secretariat:
Mike Simpson E:
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.
Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.
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.