The government war chest to help cities reduce wildfire risks has dried up this as the fire danger rating sky rockets across much of the province.
President of the Union of BC Municipalities Rhona Martin is asking the BC Government to renew funding to the Wildfire Protection Program.
“Some of the municipalities take advantage of the planning, and other municipalities actually come forward with a plan and they utilize some of that money to remove some of that fuel load that is within 2 km of the boundaries of the residential areas of their communities.”
Martin says, especially with the soaring wildfire risk, communities have a vested interest in this funding.
“What’s happened is, there continues to be an interest by communities to take advantage of this program. We do have a resolution coming forward to our convention in September. What it’s asking for is for the province to increase funding for the program.”
Martin is hoping the province will act quickly.
“They have renewed it in the past, and we are hopeful they will do so again. It does provide the necessary funding for many communities to move forward with the protection of homes and infrastructure within their communities.”
The Forests Ministry says 61 million dollars has been spent in the past decade to help local governments and First Nations reduce wildfire risks.