As wildfire season begins, smoke is slowly blanketing large parts of Western Canada.

In the western U.S., one small city is changing the way it prepares for the dangers of wildfire smoke. In doing so, it could become a model for other communities.

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wildfires Western Canada

More and more people are making their homes in woodland settings — in or near forests, rural areas or remote mountain sites. There homeowners enjoy the beauty of the environment but face the very real danger of wildfire.

Every year across the U.S., some homes survive — while many others do not — after a major wildfire. Those that survive almost always do so because their owners had prepared for the eventuality of fire, which is an inescapable force of nature in fire-prone woodland areas. Said in another way — if it’s predictable, it’s preventable!

Wildfires often begin unnoticed. These fires are usually triggered by lightning or accidents. They spread quickly, igniting brush, trees and homes. Reduce your risk by preparing now — before wildfire strikes. Meet with your family to decide what to do and where to go if wildfires threaten your area. Follow the steps listed below to protect your family, home and property.

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