Our wildfire fuel reduction program resumes November 14
On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, work to reduce the potential for wildfires to spread rapidly from our forests to our urban areas (the 'wildland urban interface') will resume.
This work is being done in select locations in the District, and entails reducing the amount of small trees and brush that can help a fire spread from the ground to the tree canopy ('ladder fuels'), along with materials that can easily catch fire, such as accumulations of dried branches and other flammable organic materials.
Where we are working
Crews will be working in the following areas:
- Hoskins Road
- Mountain Highway
- St. Marys Avenue
- Braemar Park
- Kirkstone Park
We will start at the Hoskins Road treatment site on November 14, and we plan to have all areas completed by March, 2018. These dates are subject to favourable weather conditions and may change. Any remaining phased works will be completed in the Fall 2018.
Some trails and pathways may be partially blocked during operations, so please avoid entering work areas to ensure everyone’s safety. Thank you for your patience as we complete this important work.
Funding for this project
We have been awarded funding from the BC Forest Service and Union of BC Municipalities to complete this next phase of the FireSmart Vegetation Management Program.
The specialist prescription for these works has been preapproved by the Province through the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative.
A specialist contractor qualified and experienced in undertaking operational wildfire vegetation management has been appointed through a competitive bid process.
About wildfire in the District
The work being done this year is a continuation of a vegetation management program that started in 2010, and is one of the key actions identified in our Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). The CWPP is helping us prepare for, respond to, and recover from wildfires, particularly in the wildland urban interface.