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Castlegar residents can access free FireSmart program

A wildfire mitigation specialist will visit your home and provide recommendations.

Residents of Castlegar who are concerned about the risks of a wildfire spreading to their property have an opportunity to have a specialist give them some free advice.

The City of Castlegar is partnering with the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) to offer free, FireSmart assessments.

“We’re hoping to increase participation in this free program,’ says Sam Lattanzio, City of Castlegar fire chief. “Taking simple, FireSmart actions on your property will reduce the risk of wildfire to your home and neighbourhood and helps firefighters to defend your home.”

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If you decide to participate in the FireSmart program, a wildfire mitigation specialist will visit your home and provide a detailed report that includes specific mitigation actions and recommendations to help protect homes and measurably reduce wildfire risks to properties.

The city says that participants who complete prescribed mitigation actions will receive a FireSmart certificate which can be shared with insurance providers to potentially reduce rates.

FireSmart assessments are for educational purposes and the city says there is no obligation to complete any of the recommendations.

More information can be found at

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