Rural residents around Fort St. John are now able to book a free property assessment to prepare and protect their homes against a wildfire.
The PRRD says its new regional FireSmart program is underway to identify high-risk properties and neighbourhoods, and help residents understand how they can reduce the risk of damage or loss of property from wildfire.
“The Peace region is particularly vulnerable to wildfires, which often happen earlier and last longer here,” Board Chair Brad Sperling said in a release. “Taking a proactive approach is shown to reduce the risk of losses in the most extreme wildfire conditions.”
Residents in Charlie Lake, Wonowon, Fish Creek, Coffee Creek, Red Creek, and other rural areas of the North Peace can book appointments online.
Included is a one-hour consultation with a local wildfire professional from Mammoth Forestry of Fort St. John.
The PRRD says small changes — such as cleaning roofs and gutters, trimming branches and moving firewood away from a property, and keeping grass short — can go a long way to making sure a home is still standing if a wildfire comes near the property.
To learn more and book an appointment, visit prrd.bc.ca/firesmart or call 250-784-1855.
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