The City of Fernie has identified five surrounding areas as wildfire risks.
The land covers 63 hectares, including 40 hectares in the Alpine Trails area northwest of the city.
Manager of Planning Patrick Sorfleet says they’re asking the province for help figuring out what should be done in these areas.
“The grant and the proposal is to have a certified professional go through those areas and tell us what needs to happen to them,” Sorfleet says. “What type of vegetation needs to be removed, effectively forming a prescription for those areas. Do this to mitigate the areas.”
The funding if approved would come from the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative through the Union of BC Municipalities.
A list of identified areas includes:
– Cementary – 3.2 gross hectares
– Ridgemont Extension – 12.3 gross hectares
– Cedars subdivision – 2.8 gross hectares
– Alpine Trails – 40.8 gross hectares
– Lower Alpine Trails – 3.2 gross hectares
(Map of the treatment areas identified from the City of Fernie)
– Fernie’s Manager of Planning, Patrick Sorfleet