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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 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


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About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

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FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

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

T: 604 488-5350
F: 604 488-5351

We are grateful at the Fraser Basin Council Society to live and work on the unceded ancestral
territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.