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Kamloops residents invited to meeting on how to fire smart a neighbourhood

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September 03, 2021 - 3:45 PM

A move to involve the public in fire smarting neighbourhoods is taking place in Kamloops this Sunday in the form of an outdoor community information session.

Neighbourhoods that are close to forests and grasslands are at risk of wildfire and as wildfire activity slows down in the province there is an opportunity to prepare for the next season ahead of time.

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The call for the public gathering is coming from Bala Nikku, Assistant Professor of Social Work and Human Service at Thompson River’s University.

"We will share the fact sheets provided by FireSmart Canada on how to make a neighbourhood FireSmart," Nikku said. "We'll collect questions and also collect any ideas on how to go forward. Perhaps we can invite some resource people to answer questions and give further advice."

There are proactive measures that interface neighbourhoods can take to reduce the risk of wildfires, according to FireSmart Canada, an online program that aims to help protect residents, their homes, neighbourhoods, critical infrastructure and vital natural resources from wildfire.

Wildfire safety is a shared responsibility involving all levels of government and participation from the private sector and neighbourhood, FireSmart Canada said.

Nikku said everyone is welcome to attend the weekend gathering where there will be information, refreshments and prizes.

It will be held on Schubert Drive at Moose Park on Sunday, Sept. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon.

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