Revelstoke to focus on wildfire mitigation through creation of a wildfire hazard development permit area

The Columbia Basin Trust grant will allow the city of Revelstoke to educate community members about wildfire risks and effects in the Revelstoke area.

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In Revelstoke, Cindy Pearce, Community Wildfire Protection Contractor, and Dwayne Voykin, the City’s Emergency Program Coordinator, are helping the City undertake several steps to reduce the threat of wildfire, with support from a wildfire mitigation grant from Columbia Basin Trust.

Revelstoke is among 20 communities to receive a wildfire mitigation grant through Columbia Basin Trust. The $81,400 grant will allow the city to educate community members about local wildfire risks, support private landowners to apply FireSmart principles to their homes and develop a wildfire hazard development permit area to further protect the community from wildfires. In total the CBT handed out more than $800,000 in wildfire mitigation grants.

The 20 communities chosen are implementing 28 projects that will help them prevent or brace themselves against wildfire. These projects are being supported by $822,406 from Columbia Basin Trust.

“Basin communities are part of forested landscapes, which gives us beautiful scenery and rich ecological values but also hazards to communities such as wildfire,” said Tim Hicks, Columbia Basin Trust Senior Manager, Delivery of Benefits. “Communities are well aware of this risk and came to us for help to both prepare for the possibility of these dangerous situations and to reduce their likelihood. This work aligns with our priority to support community resilience in a changing climate.”

Local governments and First Nation communities are implementing projects with support from the Trust’s Community Development Program. The projects are focused on educating residents about how they can reduce wildfire risks on their properties, managing wildfire fuels, protecting critical community infrastructure and developing emergency response and evacuation plans. The Trust will continue to accept applications from local governments and First Nations until June 30, 2018. To see the full list of projects funded, visit ourtrust.org/wildfiregrants.

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