Province provides funding to help keep communities safe from wildfires

  • Apr. 12, 2011 5:00 a.m.

The Province is committing $25 million over two years  to further protect B.C. families and communities from the threat of  wildfires, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister  Steve Thomson announced Friday.

The new funding supports the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative,  used by local governments and First Nations to reduce the risk of  interface wildfires where forests and grasslands meet cities and  towns. Since 2004, more than 230 community wildfire protection plans  have either been initiated or completed by local governments and First  Nations.

 

Community wildfire protection plans identify areas at risk and  identify fuel management projects to address them. Fuel management  activities, such as spacing live trees and removing dead ones, or  cleaning up low branches, needles and woody debris that could  potentially fuel a fire, are also funded under the initiative.

 

– Ministry of Forests, Lands,  and Natural Resource Operations