Fire mitigation crews are continuing to remove dangerous trees and natural fuel sources on the forest floor (like they are pictured above doing last year).

Fire crews will be in the Selkirk area from July 15-18

A unit crew from the Southeast Fire Centre will be returning to Golden to continue working on the Town’s Wildfire Prevention Program.

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.

 

Just Posted

Early morning fire destroys building on 14th Street S.

Firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze for more than six hours

Golden residents invited to discuss Green New Deal

Golden is just one of 150 towns that are hosting a Green… Continue reading

Town of Golden council and staff drafting short term rental bylaw

The Town of Golden has been working on framework to address the… Continue reading

Golden gets wagging and walking for dog guides

According to the Canadian Survey on Disability, 2017, one in five Canadians… Continue reading

600 new campsites coming to provincial parks and recreation sites across B.C.

Tourism Minister announced half of the new spots to 13 most popular provincial parks

Municipalities protest after B.C. declares marijuana crops ‘farm use’

UBCM president seeks answers in letter to John Horgan government

CMHC defends mortgage stress test changes amid calls for loosening rules

Uninsured borrowers must now show they could service their mortgage if rates rose two per cent

B.C. woman left ‘black and blue’ after being pushed off 40-foot cliff at lake

West Shore RCMP looking for witnesses as investigation continues

Kootenay youth substance use trending downward: survey

A bi-annual survey distributed to regional schools shows that youth substance use is decreasing

Thunderstorms to bring heavy rain, risk of flash floods in the southern Interior

Ten to 30 millimetres of rain to fall over the early weekend

Unbe-leaf-able: Agassiz man finds more than 200 four-leaf clovers in a month

Walt Hardinge has found more than 219 four-or-more leaf clovers this spring alone

Crews fight fire with fire to keep blaze from northern Alberta town

The wildfire now covers some 920 square kilometres

Man in B.C. charged with murder and arson in 2016 New Brunswick death

He is charged in the death of 71-year-old Lucille Maltais, who was found inside a burned down home

Most Read