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Williams Lake & Area Community Wildfire Roundtable


In late 2018 the City of Williams Lake, in cooperation with Cariboo Regional District, Williams Lake Indian Band and Xat’sull, completed and endorsed a new Community Wildfire Protection Plan  (CWPP), updated to April 2020.

The CWPP was developed through collaboration with emergency services, BC Wildfire Service, the forest industry, BC Timber Sales, woodlot licensees, the community forest, the provincial government and various interest groups. The Fraser Basin Council supported this collaboration, with assistance from local forestry consultants.

In June 2019 a Williams Lake & Area Community Wildfire Roundtable was created to support the CWPP by facilitating coordination and communication of organizations responsible for wildfire preparedness and risk reduction in the region.

The area covered by the Williams Lake & Area CWPP is shown on this  Area of Interest map. The area extends from Soda Creek in the northwest, parallels the Fraser River south to English Road, to Knife Creek in the southeast, and to Miocene and Rose Lake in the northeast.

Williams Lake & Area CWPP Maps

Williams Lake & Area Community Wildfire Protection Plan - Area of Interest Map

(Click image to open Area of Interest Map - PDF)

Click to open PDF Map

Here is the set of maps (PDF) that support the Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

Forsite Maps

Forsite Consultants Ltd. has developed an interactive mapping tool with natural resource management and forest tenure holder information for the Cariboo region. Proposed fuel management treatment areas under the CWPP can be viewed  Layers > Other Treatments > Williams Lake CWPP treatments.

The following map shows completed and planned wildfire risk reduction treatments, including interface fuel treatments, landscape scale fuel breaks and prescribed fire treatments:

Roundtable Composition

The following governments and organizations are part of the Roundtable:

  • City of Williams Lake
  • Cariboo Regional District
  • T’exelc (Williams Lake First Nation)
  • Xat’sull (Soda Creek Indian Band)
  • Stswecemc Xget’tem (Dog Creek/Canoe Creek)
  • Northern Shuswap Tribal Council
  • Esketemc
  • Alkali Resource Management
  • Ministry of Forests
  • Ministry of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship
  • BC Wildfire Service
  • Forest industry – Tolko, West Fraser, Williams Lake Community Forest, BC Timber Sales, various woodlot licensees
  • UBC Alex Fraser Research Forest
  • Volunteer fire departments – Big Lake, Miocene, Horsefly, Tyee Lake, Wildwood, Chimney/Felker, 150 Mile
  • Other organizations, individuals or businesses that have infrastructure to protect, or resources or capacity to provide, including Atlantic Power, Pinnacle Pellet, BC Hydro, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Shaw, ranchers and others.

Terms of Reference

These are the Roundtable’s Terms of Reference.

Meeting Summaries

Here are summaries of Roundtable meetings

  • Meeting of February 20, 2024: Summary
  • Meeting of November 17, 2023: Summary
  • Meeting of January 30, 2023: Summary
  • Meeting of October 18, 2022: Summary
  • Meeting of May 17, 2022: Summary
  • Meeting of February 15, 2022: Summary
  • Meeting of November 15, 2021: Summary
  • Meeting of May 4, 2021: Summary
  • Meeting of February 10, 2021: Summary
  • Meeting of January 27, 2020: Summary
  • Meeting of October 28, 2019: Summary
  • Meeting of June 20, 2019: Summary

Presentations and Planning Documents

Contact Us

You can reach the Williams Lake & Area Community Wildfire 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