Powell River, BC – The Province has committed $147,200 to wildfire risk reduction projects within the qathet Regional District (qRD).
This year, $140,000 has been committed to an operational fuel treatment to mitigate wildfire concerns on 14 hectares of provincial Crown land in the Penticton Trails area, stretching from the municipal boundary to behind the gun range and Augusta Recyclers. In addition, $7,200 has been committed to develop a wildfire mitigation prescription for Mount Pocahontas on Texada Island.
In 2019, the Province announced up to $25 million in funding through the Community Resiliency Investment (CRI) Crown Land Wildfire Risk Reduction (WRR) program to increase resiliency to wildfire in communities across BC. The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development will now take the lead in fuel management planning and treatment activities on provincial Crown lands with the goal of protecting communities and critical infrastructure from damaging wildfires.
Community Wildfire Protection is a Strategic Priority for the qathet Regional District. The qRD thanks the Province for leading fire mitigation on provincial Crown lands and for supporting local FireSmart initiatives that improve public safety throughout our region.
For more information on provincial wildfire prevention efforts, please visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/prevention/funding-for-wildfire-prevention/crip/wrr. To learn how you can reduce wildfire risk in your community, or to learn more about qRD wildfire prevention strategies, please visit qathet.ca.
Ryan Thoms, Manager of Emergency Services
#202, 4675 Marine Avenue
Powell River, BC V8A 2L2