Urban wildfire risk assessments
A mowed swath of grass acts as a fire break for combustible fuels.
The FireSmart program works with residents to identify, reduce or eliminate as many fire hazards and fuel sources on an individual's property as possible.
In the summer of 2016, 62 parks and stormwater management facilities (3.4 MB) with natural vegetation in Sherwood Park were assessed as part of a Reserve and Parkland Wildfire Risk Assessment.
- any continuous slope greater than 10 degrees (the greater the slope, the more risk)
- forest vegetation (deciduous, coniferous or mixed with both deciduous and coniferous)
- surface vegetation (grasses) adjacent to a dwelling (did not include fences or sheds)
- surface vegetation (deadfall) adjacent to a dwelling
- the amount and type of fuels that would allow a fire to climb up from the ground into the tree canopy (risk is greater if 50 per cent or more if the area has conifers)
- potential of igniting a fire (is there any evidence of fire activity in the area, human activity or no activity)
Tree stands in Sherwood Park are mostly made up of healthy, deciduous trees, which are less flammable than coniferous trees. Human-caused ignition remains the largest single risk for wildfire in Sherwood Park.
Based on the above considerations, the Summerwood Stormwater Management Facility and the Clover Bar Ranch Park areas were identified as areas that would benefit most from wildfire risk reduction strategies based on FireSmart principles. A mowed swath of grass, which will be maintained by Strathcona County every fall, acts as a fire break for combustible fuels. The mowed swath of grass was implemented in 2016.
Additional work in identified parks and stormwater management facilities will be completed in 2017. If you have any questions or concerns about these areas, contact the Community Safety Education Coordinator at 780-416-7215 or email@example.com.
Priority areas that would benefit from wildfire risk reduction strategies and/or education ( marked in red on map) (3.4 MB) .
|Brentwood School||28 Heron Road|
|Clover Bar Park||875 Jim Common Drive|
|Davidson Creek||Lakeland Drive/Dawson Drive|
|Trail through natural area on Sherwood Drive and Brentwood Blvd.||South side of Sherwood Drive and Brentwood Blvd.|
|Gillies Road Park||Gillies Road|
|Heritage Hills Park (south)||260 Heritage Hills|
|Summerwood Urban Forest||Summerland Drive|
|Summerwood Forest stand by creek||Summerwood Blvd south to Lakeland Dr|
|Summerwood Stormwater Management Facility||Summerwood Blvd|
|Utilities row (Lakeland Drive to Jim Common Drive)||Lakeland Drive South to Jim Common Drive|
Secondary areas will be continually monitored (marked in green on map) (3.4 MB) .
|Aspen Trails Urban Forest||Lakeland Drive|
|Ball Lake Stormwater Management Facility||Newport Drive and Nottingham Blvd|
|Baseline and Sherwood Drive Stormwater Management Facility||South East intersection of Sherwood Drive and Baseline Road|
|Broadmoor Lake North and South||Oak Street and Sherwood Drive|
|Broadmoor Tennis Courts||Oak Street|
|Broadview Stormwater Management Facility||By Costco (Broadway Cres and Buckingham Drive)|
|Buckingham Stormwater Management Facility||Buckingham Drive|
|Campbell Stormwater Management Facility||Campbell Drive|
|Cascade Stormwater Management Facility||Crimson Drive|
|OLPH Church forest||13 Brower Drive|
|Centennial Ball Park and Wetland North and South||4000 Sherwood Drive, Centennial Park|
|Clarkdale Meadows Stormwater Management Facility||140 Meadowview Drive|
|Craigavon Stormwater Management Facility||13 Craigavon Drive|
|Dairy Queen (forested area)||20 Cranford Way|
|East Ball Lake Park||Newport Drive|
|Eastgate Stormwater Management Facility||Granada Blvd|
|Estates of Sherwood Park||Estate Drive|
|Foxboro right of way trail||Foxboro Way/Foxhaven Drive|
|Gilmore Park||15 Gilmore Ave.|
|Glen Allan Park||106 Georgian Way|
|Glen Allan right of way trail||Granada Blvd and Carson Drive|
|Heritage Hills Park North||260 Heritage Hills|
|Heritage Hills Wetland||Highland Drive|
|Meadowview Drive right of way||Meadowview Drive west to Clover Bar Road|
|Mills Haven Stormwater Management Facility||Malvern Drive|
|North of RCMP station||911 Bison Way|
|North side of Granada Blvd||Granada Blvd|
|North side of Sherwood Drive||Oak Street|
|Ottewell Barn||590 Broadmoor Blvd|
|Parker Drive Park||Parker Drive|
|Merryvale Cres Park||Merryvale Cres|
|Peacock Drive Park||Peacock Drive|
|Regency Park||16 Ritchie Way|
|Salisbury Village Centre||Salisbury Way|
|Salisbury Village East||Mitchell Street|
|Sandpiper Park||Brentwood Blvd|
|Sherwood Heights Park||50 Spruce Ave|
|Sherwood Heights Jr. High||241 Fir Street|
|Strathcona Athletic Park||110 Clover Bar Road|
|Strathcona Christian Academy||52362 Range Road 231|
|The Ridge North Stormwater Management Facility||Regency Drive|
|The Ridge Park and South Park||Regency Drive|
|Village on the Lake Park West||
695 Village Drive
|Village on the Lake Stormwater Management Facility||
1011 Strathcona Drive
|Woodbridge Stormwater Management Facility||
If you see evidence of fire play in your parks as shown above, report it by calling 780-449-9651.
Call 9-1-1 if you see an active illegal fire.
There are some simple ways you can help reduce the wildfire risk on your property:
- If you see evidence of fire play (e.g. campfire pits) in your park, report it by calling Fire Prevention and Investigation at 780-449-9651.
- Dispose of raked leaves and yard waste appropriately by using your green organics cart. Extra yard waste collection week is another option, as is bringing yard waste to the Broadview Enviroservice at 101 Broadview Road. Please note, it is illegal to dump yard waste onto County property.
- Ensure your backyard recreational fire pit is a minimum of three metres from any combustibles and that it has a heavy gauge metal screen over it to reduce the chance of flying hot embers.
- Poplar fuzz is flammable. Consider raking it back from your property line during the seasonal periods of accumulation.
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