RDCK Reduce Wildfire Risk

The RDCK will undertake six new fuel management projects this week which aim to reduce the risk of wildfires.

A total of 31 hectares will be treated around the Blewett fire hall, Morning Mountain Recreation Area, Brent Kennedy School, Chatham Road, Goose Creek and Pass Creek Park. The work is expected to be completed by April 30, 2016.

Crews from Debri Resources Ltd. and West Arm Silviculture will cut small understory trees, prune taller trees, and clean up woody debris from the forest floor. This will help reduce the amount of available forest fuel and limit the possibility of forest fires reaching residences, infrastructure and other assets. The pruning will also help stop ground fire from getting into the tree canopy. Small woody debris will be piled and burned or chipped on site. To do this work safely, access to the areas will be restricted at times. Closure signs will be in place.

Fuel treatments have shown to mitigate the hazards of fast-spreading wildfire and improve forest health. Property owners can also reduce the risk of fire on their own properties. The homeowner FireSmart manual is a great resource: http://www.bcwildfire.ca/prevention/docs/homeowner-firesmart.pdf

These projects are being funded through the Union of British Columbia Strategic Wildfire Prevention Program, the RDCK and the Columbia Basin Trust.

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For further information, please contact:
Noreen Clayton
RDCK Emergency Program Coordinator
(250) 352-8177

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