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Public invited to attend the Wildfire Risk Reduction Open House

The Nelson Daily Staff
By The Nelson Daily Staff
June 7th, 2023

The Nelson & Area Wildfire Risk Reduction Committee invites the community to join us for the Wildfire Risk Reduction Open House on Wednesday, June 21 at the Adventure Hotel in Nelson.

The event is being presented by the Nelson & Area Wildfire Risk Reduction Committee, which includes representatives from BC Parks, City of Nelson, Ministry of Forests and Regional District of Central Kootenay.

This is a great opportunity for the public to participate in the conversation around wildfire threat to our communities.

  • When: Wednesday, June 21st, 2023: 5:00 to 8:00pm
  • Where: The Adventure Hotel, 616 Vernon St, Nelson, BC V1L 4G1

Refreshments will be provided, with FireSmart giveaways and everyone is welcome to attend.

What it’s all about:
This open house will provide opportunities for residents to engage directly with staff and elected representatives from the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK), City of Nelson, Ministry of Forests and BC Parks to better understand:

  1. The wildfire risk within and adjacent to our communities;
  2. Activities currently underway to reduce this wildfire risk; and
  3. What residents can do to reduce the risk of wildfire on their properties.

What’s been happening:

The RDCK and the City of Nelson working on updating their Community Wildfire Resiliency Plans (CWRP) that will provide Nelson and RDCK communities with information and guidance to continue to reduce the risk and impacts of wildfire. Both groups have undertaken fuel mitigation projects to aid in this prevention. BC Parks has developed the West Arm Provincial Park Fire Management Plan to protect park values in the event of a wildfire. BC Parks has also undertaken some fuel mitigation work within West Arm Provincial Park, as well as within Kokanee Creek Provincial Park.

About the partnership:

The Nelson & Area Wildfire Risk Reduction Committee is committed to reducing the impact of wildfire in our communities. We do this by collaborating on projects, sharing information and resources, and keeping our communities informed. We work closely with BC FireSmart, homeowners, agencies and land managers to help keep our communities safe. Visit our website to learn more about what is being done to reduce the risk of wildfire in your area, and what you and your community can do to help. Learn more at www.rdck.ca/wildfireriskreduction.

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