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The following is an excerpt from an article published by Castanet on August 26, 2021 which highlights the importance of FireSmarting your property and what a difference it can make for fire crews when they are attempting to defend your home. 

BC Wildfire Service Provides look at how crews have protected structures during White Rock Lake fire. 

Many pictures and videos have been shared of wildland fire crews fighting wildfires in the B.C. Interior. Images of soot-covered men and women working the front lines give a glimpse into the daily lives of forest firefighters.

But, structure protection fire crews play just as an important role when fires threaten communities. Structure protection specialist Neill Moroz has been working on the White Rock Lake wildfire for several weeks. Moroz says people should take responsibility for doing what they can – before a fire – to protect their homes.

“If we come across a fire-smarted property, it is easy for us to defend that place,” said Moroz. “When we have a property with nothing done and it will take a week's worth of work or we could do 50 properties in that week, we will choose the 50 properties and leave that one alone.”

Moroz says every structural protection crew member “does feel it when we lose a house. We feel for those home owners, and we do take it personally.”

The full article and associated videos can be viewed on Castanet.