Showing their Smarts: Area F residents protect homes from potential wildfire

Residents in the Heddle Road area of Electoral Area F are being proactive about protecting their homes from potential wildfire in the wake of last year’s Sitkum/Duhamel blaze.

Nearly 100 homes in the neighbourhood have been assessed by local FireSmart liaison Nora Hannon, community champion Jay Marshall and North Shore Fire Department Chief Fred Schneider.

"We walked with residents around their homes and provided advice on how to apply FireSmart principles on their properties," explained Hannon, who is also an emergency coordinator with the Regional District of Central Kootenay. "We were impressed with the level of knowledge and effort that community members had put into FireSmarting their homes. It’s evident that residents have been thinking about measures they could undertake to protect their properties."

The major focus of the assessment is on the 10 metre zone around homes. The FireSmart experts offer tips on fuel load reduction, rooftop sprinkler systems and landscaping.

For example, conifer trees growing along the sides of buildings can be particularly flammable.

The wildfire assessment is the first step in the community’s efforts to achieve national FireSmart recognition. To qualify, the neighbourhood FireSmart Board must create an action plan. Residents are required to invest $2 per capita annually and to hold at least one event.

"Awareness of the importance of being FireSmart is increasing," said Hannon. "We encourage all residents in the RDCK to find out how they too can protect their homes."

To learn more about how you can FireSmart your property, please visit:
https://www.firesmartcanada.ca/become-firesmart/community-members/

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For further information, please contact:
Nora Hannon
RDCK Emergency Coordinator: Areas D,E,F,I,J, Kaslo and Nelson / Local FireSmart Liaison
(250) 352-8177

The content on this page was last updated August 30 2016 at 3:20 PM