A Growing Trend

Wildfires across Canada destroy an average of 2.5 million hectares yearly, frequently costing the country over a billion dollars annually. And this is a growing trend: as of June 2023, there have already been 2,727 fires this year, according to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre – roughly two times more than in 2022.

Unfortunately, the fire season this year started earlier and has been more widespread across the country than in recent memory,” said Federal Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair.

Why Wildfires Start and Spread

In Canada, wildfire season officially starts March 1 and runs until October 31 each year. Sparks and embers start 50% of residential fires caused by wildfires. Embers are often carried more than a kilometre through the wind and ignite farms, homes and debris. Luckily, there are methods for property owners to prepare against ember attacks and minimize the likelihood of flames starting. When a wildfire becomes uncontrollable, it severely affects the environment and surrounding communities.


Remote areas with large amounts of land face unique fire risks, especially close to dense forests and vegetation that can ignite easily during dry weather. Protecting your agriculture business or acreage home from nearby wildfires is vital to avoid major losses in usable land, structures, equipment and even humans.


As populations grow yearly, more people live closer to where wildfires are a real risk. Increased development near heavily forested areas puts communities in the direct path of wildfires. While there’s no way to eliminate all risks, taking preventative measures can reduce the chance of damage to commercial and residential properties.

Preparing for wildfire season isn’t only about taking necessary precautions, but about fostering a culture of preparedness and resilience within communities, helping communities and individuals take responsibility for their safety and well-being during wildfire events.

“When people lose their homes, they don’t just lose a roof and their possessions; they lose a special place where they saw their children grow up, where they built a life,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

What is Fire Suppression?

One of the key ways to prevent the spread of wildfires is by using a fire suppression solution. Fire suppression refers to the efforts and strategies to control and extinguish wildfires. It involves a combination of techniques, equipment and people working together to minimize the spread of fire, protect lives and property and ultimately control the fire. Damage is 70% less when fire suppression is used than a property without them.

5 Reasons Why Fire Suppression Matters in Rural Areas


The primary reason you should consider fire suppression is to protect the people in your business, home and surrounding community. Wildfires can spread at 23 kilometres per hour when whipped up by winds for as long as fuel is available. By actively suppressing fires, emergency responders can more likely reduce the risk of injuries, fatalities, and the displacement of residents from their farms and homes.


The distance between communities and residents can be significant, with the closest firehall being hours or hundreds of kilometres away. Unfortunately, this means there could be long delays before your nearest fire services arrive at your property and can extinguish the fires that have started.


You’ve invested much time and money into your businesses and homes, maybe over multiple generations. Fire suppression protects your buildings, infrastructure, and valuable assets from irreparable damage. Wildfires can cause extensive damage, leading to the loss of entire businesses, acres of land, homes and essential community facilities. Many landowners underestimate the time needed to deal with insurance companies and municipal inspectors and find the right contractors to rebuild their property afterwards.


Wildfires can have severe ecological and environmental impacts, destroying old-growth forests, damaging wildlife habitats and disrupting sensitive ecosystems. Fire suppression helps protect the natural resources, biodiversity and delicate ecosystems around you. By containing and extinguishing wildfires before they get out of control, you help to preserve vital habitats and prevent the loss of important plants and animals in your region.


Wildfires can trigger other hazards, including landslides and floods. By suppressing fires before they spread, we can prevent the destabilization of soil on slopes and reduce the risk of post-fire hazards. Fire suppression helps protect communities from additional damage after a wildfire.

How to Protect Rural Properties with Fire Protection Kits


Many businesses and homes were lost to wildfires that started from the roof. One of the most efficient ways to protect your property is to keep the roof and surrounding areas wet. The advantage of a fire protection kit is that the sprinkler system can be turned on and left on during an evacuation.


During wildfire season, the role of firefighters is crucial in combating and controlling the spread of fires across their region. However, protecting buildings and other structures from advancing flames is also essential for firefighters.

To help curb wildfires fast, firefighters nationwide have been using solutions such as the WASP Wildfire Protection Kits. These professional-grade fire protection kits were previously exclusive to commercial applications but are now available to small businesses and residential homeowners.

“Comox Fire Rescue has used WASP sprinklers for years. We carry about fifty of them on our Type 2 Structure Protection trailer. They’re easy to use, safe to deploy and effective and efficient,” says Gord Schreiner, Fire Chief of Comox Fire Rescue.

Same with Troy Milledge, who’s a Wildfire Ranger II for the Province of Alberta and says, “The great part of WASP is that it can run 24 hours a day without supervision. I found that the setup was quick and easy and could be moved with short notice.” He added that in Rainbow Lake, Alberta alone, these kits helped protect nearly 400 houses from being destroyed by wildfires. Thousands of WASP fire kits have been used this year throughout B.C. and Alberta.

Besides the Wildfire Protection Kit, products such as the fire hose, large sprinkler guns and diesel pumps are great options for commercial and residential areas. The high-pressure and portable diesel pumps are designed to move water and withstand rugged environments.


Troy Milledge, Wildfire Ranger II, Province of Alberta

Accessible Fire Protection Kits for Homes

For homeowners, fire protection kits, such as ones by WASP, include everything needed to help protect a standard home.

The systems are easily mounted on the gutter or fascia of a house and come with two standard patented sprinkler brackets, two high-quality agricultural-grade sprinkler heads, and two sets of forestry-grade lay flat hoses.

WASP Fire Protection Kits are priced for homeowners and small businesses.

The investment to protect your farm, business, and home is minor compared to the time and costs to rebuild your fire-damaged property, not to mention the insurance deductible alone!

Preparing for Canadian Wildfires in 2023 and Beyond

Fire officials call for a prolonged and challenging forest fire season this year. They believe it’s the worst wildfire season of the 21st century. Communities are being told to prepare their households and create an emergency plan.

Preparing for wildfire season consists of protecting your property and staying informed. If you live near a wildfire area in a rural community, you should be sure your farm, business and home are protected by tools that help minimize damage to your property.

Remember, while saving money is important, it’s crucial not to compromise on the reliability and quality of fire protection equipment. Prioritize safety first and ensure you use products that meet Canadian fire standards and regulations.

Learn more about the fire suppression products Southern Irrigation carries, or Contact Us for advice on protecting your property.


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    2. The Government of Canada – Government of Canada to provide assistance to Alberta in response to ongoing wildfire situation
    3. The Province of BC –  Canadian Wildland Fire Information System
    4. The Province of Alberta – Alberta Wildfire Situation
    5. BC Wildfire services – Provincial Wildfire Status Update
    6. CTV News – Forest Fire Centre Declares 2023 Already Worst Year Ever for Canadian Wildfires
    7. Global News – Canada battling its ‘worst wildfire season of the 21st century’: minister
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