Fernie Fire and Emergency Services are hoping more residents put the BC government’s Fire Smart program to use.
The city is applying for funding from the Provincial program for a third straight year.
Chief Ted Ruiter says the initiative mitigates the risk of spreading wildfires by helping private land owners manage their property.
“A lot of it is to do with building construction,” Ruiter says. “Having said that, after your home is completed you might want to look at proper vegetation and landscaping, thinning brushes and possibly cutting down trees that are in a certain perimeter.”
Ruiter says they want to help residents prepare their property for the hot summer months.
“We’re working with nine different communities within the city of Fernie who have taken a hold of this project and done some great work,” Ruiter says. “We’re getting some good traction and we’re moving forward with the hopes of making the entire City of Fernie Fire Smart.”
Residents are encouraged to conduct proper landscaping and remove materials around their home that could fuel a blaze.
– Fire Chief Ted Ruiter, Fernie Fire and Emergency Services