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It's still very much winter out there, but never too early to look at how w…

February 13, 2020

It's still very much winter out there, but never too early to look at how we can protect our communities from wildfires. With that in mind, it's great to see that several projects throughout the Columbia Basin are receiving funding from Columbia Basin Trust through its Community Wildfire Program.

Here in Kootenay East, the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) is receiving $25,000 to hire a FireSmart coordinator to educate residents on how to reduce wildfire risk on private properties, deliver FireSmart community workshops and support Wildfire Preparedness Day.

The District of Sparwood, BC is also receiving a grant of $11,923 to appoint a current volunteer firefighter as the FireSmart ambassador and hire a student to deliver FireSmart; these people will raise awareness and deliver FireSmart programs to property owners and the District, educate about how to reduce wildfire impacts, conduct door-to-door FireSmart assessments and provide customized FireSmart actions to property owners.

If you want to learn more about the Community Wildfire Program, check out https://ourtrust.org/…/environm…/community-wildfire-program/




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