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 on image to open PDF Map)
Here is the set of maps (PDF) that support the Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
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 governments and organizations are part of the Roundtable:
City of Williams Lake
Cariboo Regional District
T’exelc (Williams Lake Indian Band)
Xat’sull (Soda Creek Indian Band)
Northern Shuswap Tribal Council
Alkali Resource Management
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
BC Wildfire Service
Forest industry – Tolko, West Fraser, Williams Lake Community Forest, various woodlot licensees
UBC Alex Fraser Research Forest
Volunteer fire departments – Big Lake, Miocene, Horsefly, Tyee Lake, Wildwood, Chimney/Felker
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.
You can reach the Williams Lake & Area Roundtable by contacting the Fraser Basin Council, which serves as secretariat:
Mike Simpson Director, Interior Regional Programs E: T: 250 314-9660
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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.