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Get FireSmart this long weekend

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The temperature is increasing in the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George and so is the wildfire risk.

The upcoming long weekend is a great time for homeowners to reduce the risk of damage or loss from wildfire. There are simple, effective things homeowners can do to ensure their properties are FireSmart. The best place to start is the non-combustible zone – the first 1.5 metres immediately surrounding the home, attached garage, decks or patios. Regular home and yard maintenance, cleaning out the crevices where needles and debris build up and removing all fuel sources, will leave nothing for embers to ignite.

Other simple tips for homeowners include:

  • • Clear debris from gutters and under decks
  • • Move firewood and propane tanks at least 10 metres away from your house
  • • Keep grass healthy and cut to less than 10 centimetres – fires travel quickly through long grass
  • • Don’t use bark mulch to landscape – it’s highly flammable and can lead fire to your door
  • • Talk to an insurance provider about wildfires and ensure your loss insurance is adequate

For more information on how easy it is to FireSmart your home, visit www.FireSmartBC.ca or call the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George at 250-960-4400. Also, watch the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George Facebook page and YouTube channel for a series of tips and new videos.

This is also a good time to remind anyone heading outdoors for the long weekend to be extra cautious with campfires. Always check local and provincial regulations for any bans that may be in effect. Under the Wildfire Act regulations, campfires cannot be larger than 0.5 metres by 0.5 metres (approximately 1.5 feet by 1.5 feet). Never leave a fire unattended, and ensure campfires are fully extinguished before you leave.

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