Sprinklers are used to protect structures from wildfire during wildland-urban interface events across Canada. Traditionally, standard forestry equipment has been used in conjunction with impact sprinklers. FPInnovations is reviewing common practices and equipment used during sprinkler deployments, in Canada, to determine if they are the most appropriate for community structure protection, or if alternative approaches should be considered.
This case study documents the use of a high-volume, high-pressure permanent sprinkler system that is installed in Tolko’s millyard at Heffley Creek, British Columbia to maintain wood quality and protect the company’s assets. Permanent high-volume, high-pressure systems may present a viable option for protecting community and other critical infrastructure.