This summer is predicted to be a hot and dry one, which means there’s an increased risk of wildfires.
The Town of Golden is taking steps to ensure that the proper precautions are being taken, particularly in some of the heavily forested residential areas.
In partnership with the BC Forest Protection Branch and the Town of Golden and Area Emergency Management Program (GAEMP), a unit crew from the Columbia Zone of the Southeast Fire Centre will be returning to Golden to continue working on the Town’s Wildfire Prevention Program.
“Crews will be on site from Monday July 15 to Thursday July 18 conducting mitigation work on roughly 7 hectares of Crown land on the east side of the Bowle-Evans Forest Service Road above Keith King Memorial Park,” said Mayor Christina Benty. “The results of the project will help limit the rapid spread of fire in the event of a wildfire and allow faster access for initial attack crews.”
The work includes removal of dangerous trees and reducing the natural fuel load on the forest floor.
“Due to the mild spring weather, BC Forest Services Crews are able to return to Golden and continue working on this identified mitigation area,” said David Love Manager of Strategic Initiatives for the Town of Golden. “The project scope and location provides a great work environment for crews to focus on the end goal without dealing with major logistical challenges.”
The public are asked to be aware of and respect any closures imposed by the Forest Service Site Supervisor.
The Wildfire Prevention Program is part of a multi-year plan dating back to 2010 and formally launched in the summer of 2012. The project goal is to protect Golden from wildfire spreading into the community by limiting the forest fuel load. It is noteworthy that this work contributed by BC Forest Service personnel will reduce local taxpayer project costs and 90 per cent of the remaining project funding will be provided by provincial government grants.
The Town of Golden apologizes for any inconvenience the project poses to residents in the area, however trusts the important end benefits will be recognized and appreciated.
There are steps homeowners can take themselves to be better prepared in the event of a wildfire.
It is important to have an evacuation plan for your family, including an emergency kit. Make sure your home is maintained for fire prevention. You can do this my creating a 10-metre safety zone around your home (prune trees, keep the lawn cut, and remove organic debris), store flammable materials like wood and propane 10 metres away from the home, keep a fire extinguisher, and use fire-resistant materials such as siding, roofing and dual pane windows.
It is also important to make sure the replacement value of your home is up to date in case the worst should happen.