Preparing for wildfire threat is a shared responsibility

British Columbia has seen two record-breaking forest fire seasons the last two summers in a row.

Bark beetle infestations and other trends affecting forest health are in large part causing devastating losses of values to residents living both rurally, and within towns when these fires become wildland urban interface (where structures and forested areas meet).

Preparing for the threat of wildfire is a shared responsibility. From homeowners, to industry, and government, we all have to do our part. Fire Smart Golden is a group of Golden citizens, with significant combined qualifications and experience on the subject, making an effort to promote awareness to homeowners, take steps to remove combustible materials within the “ignition areas” of properties, and create a fire smart community. The time is now. Watch for a follow-up article next week for tips to make your property safer, details on up and coming information sessions that all are welcome to attend, and how to enter chances to win a free structure and site hazard assessment for your property.

Mike Taylor

Golden, B.C.

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