Although the region has been seeing a below-average wildfire season due to COVID-19 restrictions and frequent rainfall, the City of Prince George and the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George are teaming up to launch a FireSmart initiative.

The two partners hope to work with FireSmart BC to educate homeowners and raise awareness of wildfire risks.

“From landscaping best practices to fire-resilient building materials, learning what you can do today to protect against wildfires can save homes and lives tomorrow,” said Anita de Dreu, Emergency Services Coordinator with the Regional District.

The program emphasizes  “non-combustible zones” which are created by clearing fire fuel sources from the first metre and a half immediately surrounding homes, attached garages, decks and patios.

Other tips include:

  • Removing dry debris from gutters
  • Storing firewood and propane tanks ten to thirty metres away from houses
  • Keeping grass healthy and cut to less than 10 centimetres
  • Removing bark mulch form around the home
  • Talk with insurance providers about wildfire damage and loss insurance
  • Remove windblown leaves from under decks, on balconies, and patios

As part of the effort to reduce wildfire risks in the community, the City of Prince George will be removing a portion of trees and brush in several forested areas around town near residential neighbourhoods.

More tips can be found online.