The Regional District of Kitimat Stikine is pleased to announce that eighteen forestry workers have been hired to complete forest fuel treatment projects on forested land adjacent to the wildand urban interface. RDKS is implementing a $540 thousand dollar project in the Terrace area of the Regional District that will begin to reduce the threat of a wildland fire from impacting the developed areas of our community. These funds are provided by the provincial government through the Union of BC Municipalities as a result of the Filmon Commission that looked into the Kelowna fires of 2003. The result of that commission was funding support from the provincial government for communities to develop Wild Fire Protection Plans that identified actions necessary to safeguard those communities from the devastating effects of a wild fire.
The RDKS along with the City of Terrace through support of both councils and staff completed their Community Wildfire Protection planning process in 2009 and subsequently applied for funding to conduct identified fuel management activities within the planning area. Fuel management activities says Trevor Jobb, author of the report, “are just one of the recommendations contained in the report aimed at reducing the effects of a wildland urban interface fire” The report was prepared by Northwest Timberlands, a local forestry consulting company.
The report identifies actions that can reduce the devastating effects of wildfire, which are the responsibility of local governments, the province and the homeowners. A few small steps by people and groups in positions of responsibility will allow a collective approach to safeguarding and minimizing the risk of wildfire.
To review those potential hazards and reduce the effects, homeowners can take positive action by ensuring that their home and property are “fire smart”. Positive actions would include creating a fuel free area around all structures, cleaning gutters of debris, ensuring adequate access for fire suppression forces to their property and the storage of flammable material away from dwellings.
More information on how homeowners can help fire smart their homes is available at the local fire departments or can be found on the web ,,, http://www.pep.bc.ca/hazard_preparedness/FireSmart-BC4.pdf
Fuel treatment activities scheduled for 2010 within the Regional District surrounding the Terrace area are expected to be completed by late summer