The City of Kimberley is targeting two areas in the community to help prevent wildfires.
Staff are applying to the Union of BC Municipalities for $314,901 to reduce fuel sources around the Nordic Area and along Highway 95A near Forest Crowne.
Fire Chief Rick Prasad says work along the road helps reduce the risk of blazes caused by vehicles or discarded cigarettes.
“We always hear about fires starting along the highway, because of maybe smoker’s material or vehicles,” Prasad says. “So this helps reduce some of that possible transfer into the forested areas.”
Prasad adds work in the Nordic Area will help create a fire guard on the west side of the community.
“We’ve got an area that was logged out a few years ago in the Nordic area. We’re going to just get rid of some of the fuels that could cause the fires to work from the ground into the treetops,” Prasad says. “So that will slim that down and give us a nice fire break as far as protecting the community as well.”
If successful, the city will only have to cover just $17494.50 for the work. The Columbia Basin Trust would match the total city contribution in this effort.
The work comes on the heels of the worst fire season in BC history, with over 1.2 million hectares burnt across the province.
– Kimberley Fire Chief Rick Prasad