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City gets $500K to help reduce wildfire risk

The City of Prince George has received more than $500,000 from the Government of BC to support local efforts to reduce the risk and potential impact of wildfires within the city boundary. The grant was announced yesterday as part of funding being provided to 89 local governments province-wide. The grant to Prince George is the largest in the province.

The work in Prince George will be focused on three areas within the community that have been identified as high priority in the 2018 Community Wildfire Protection Plan and will serve to protect neighbourhoods, homes and infrastructure:

  • Broddy Road – west of Highway 16, behind the Vanway Fire Hall
  • Malaspina – west of the Fraser River, south and west of Loedel Crescent
  • Pidherny – North of North Nechako Road, west of Foothills

Fuel management in these areas will involve the removal of dead and more flammable vegetation while encouraging growth of less flammable vegetation and preserving the values that these forests offer to wildlife and residents of Prince George. This work will limit potential fire spread and intensity. Additional planning and public information will be undertaken before the work will begin. This will include further engagement with recreation groups such as the local cycling club for the Pidherny area.

“On behalf of city council, thank you to Minister (Doug) Donaldson and the Government of BC for providing these funds in support of our local wildfire preparations,” said Mayor Lyn Hall, in a news release. “Fuel management is a critical component and we appreciate the work staff and local residents have already done to identify and plan for treatment that offers the best protection for the city.”

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