Vernon's Deer Park getting FireSmart

From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on June 20 and 21, Vernon homeowners are invited to join Vernon Fire Rescue Services (VFRS) as well as firefighters and forest officials from the Vernon Fire Zone at Deer Park (9192 Tronson Road) to learn about the FireSmart program and how to protect homes and neighbourhoods from wildfire.

In addition to helping homeowners understand what it takes to protect their property, the fire and forest crews will be removing combustible forest materials that can pose a risk to nearby homeowners. They will be trimming ladder fuels and removing dead underbrush, as well as cleaning up other debris in the park that could pose a fire risk. The debris will be placed in a wood/debris chipper and then removed by City crews.

“This event will significantly help reduce wildfire risks within the park and will provide an opportunity for people to get useful information as to how they can FireSmart their own property,” said VFRS Deputy Chief Lawrie Skolrood. “It is also a great opportunity for Wildfire Management Personnel to build relationships with VFRS in case Wildfire Management is asked to assist with an incident within city boundaries.”

One of the strongest recorded El Nino cycles has resulted in an early spring for the B.C. interior. The warmer-than-normal temperatures have caught the attention of the wildland and structure fire service throughout B.C. As well, wildfires in Fort McMurray and in northern B.C. have provided frightening examples of the disastrous impact that wildfires can have on a community. As a result, VFRS is encouraging residents to be FireSmart and start their spring cleanup early.

“Residents play a key role in wildfire protection because when it comes to wildfires, everyone shares the responsibility for preserving life and property by planning to be FireSmart,” said Skolrood.

The FireSmart program is an initiative focused on reducing the risk of wildfire around homes and communities. More information can be found at here.

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