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