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Nelson Fire and Rescue Services kicks off 2023 FireSmart Program

The Nelson Daily Staff
By The Nelson Daily Staff
April 13th, 2023

Nelson Fire & Rescue Services is kicking off its 2023 FireSmart Program.

This Spring, Nelson Fire & Rescue Services would like to encourage residents to take part in FireSmart activities and help mitigate the risk of wildfire in our community.

Simple tasks like watering and mowing the lawn, cleaning debris from gutters, and safely storing combustibles are proven to increase a home’s survivability from wildfire.

Residents within city limits can book a free FireSmart Home Assessment with Nelson Fire & Rescue Services. 

FireSmart assessments help homeowners identify risk factors specific to their homes and property, provide recommendations for mitigation work, and tips for FireSmart landscaping and emergency preparedness.

Homeowners can earn a Rebate of up to $500 for acting on recommendations made in their FireSmart Home Assessment. These Rebates are made possible with support from the Community Resiliency Investment Program. Call (250) 352-8116 for more information and to book your free FireSmart Home Assessment.

To help Nelson residents reduce woody debris from their properties, Chief Jeff Hebert has approved a *burn period now until May 1st, 2023. 

Burn permits must be acquired in person, at Nelson Fire & Rescue Services, located at 919 Ward Street.

Please bring proof of fire insurance for the property conducting the burning and $10 cash or cheque at the time of issuance.

The FireSmart program was developed to help communities manage the risk of damage from wildfire. Through vast amounts of field, laboratory, and wildfire modeling research, FireSmart methods have been proven to reduce the risk of losses under even the most extreme fire conditions. For more information visit https://firesmartbc.ca/.

* Chief Jeff Hebert has approved a burn period subject to weather and local fire conditions beginning Saturday April 1 to May 1, 2023 (inclusive). This burn period is for the purpose of reducing non-compostable woody debris, which is clean, dry wood resulting from residential yard clean up. This does not include the burning of yard waste or vegetative matter such as leaves, grass clippings, vegetable stalks, construction materials (such as stained or treated wood). Burning of woody debris requires a permit and is subject to the following conditions (excerpt from Bylaw No. 3268, 2014).

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