I will continue with my efforts to have Salmon Arm become a FireSmart community and mitigate the risk of significant wildfire sparking in our city. This involves both aggressively seeking provincial funding for fuel load mitigation as well as widespread education of residents and the refreshing of forest-interface development guidelines.
I’m fully supportive of maintaining our regional Structural Protection Unit (SPUs) initiative that can be re-positioned given fire risk.
Additionally, I enthusiastically support co-initiatives with First Nations and regional bodies in reducing our exposures to wildfires.
Timeline: Immediate application for FireSmart funding to the province’s recently announced Community Resilience Investment Program