Haida Gwaii Community Wildfire Protection Plans
The Villages of Queen Charlotte, Port Clements, Masset and the Regional District Area E community of Sandspit (the “communities”) have each been awarded funding through the provincial 2019 Community Resiliency Investment Program to develop Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP). The Haida First Nations located in the communities of Old Massett and Skidegate will be included in the development of the Masset and Queen Charlotte CWPPs in order to fully address risks and vulnerabilities, and improve the collective resiliency of all communities throughout the project area. The communities are all located on Haida Gwaii, a remote archipelago off the Northwest Coast of BC. Our communities routinely collaborate at a regional and sub-regional level on a broad range of issues of common interest and concern, including emergency planning through our All Islands Emergency Planning Team.
Though all four communities each require separate CWPPs, they desire for the Plans to be consistent and coordinated due to the proximity of the communities, hazard and vulnerabilities of mutual concern, and the strong likelihood that a major wildfire would require a coordinated, cross-jurisdictional emergency response.