FireSmart work happening in upper Kinnaird on City of Castlegar land

FireSmart vegetation management work being done to reduce fire risk.

A portion of city-owned forested land in upper Kinnaird will be undergoing FireSmart vegetation management this week.

The area is near the Waterline Road and adjacent to the Kinnaird Park Community Church, off of 14th Avenue and 26th Street.

The project is a partnership between the City of Castlegar and the Selkirk College forestry program.

Glacier Tree Maintenance will be removing standing dead and hazard trees on the city’s land.

Selkirk College forestry technology program students will begin a forestry field school starting April 24 by conducting fuel management plots, risk assessments and treating the forested property by removing dead brush and trimming trees.

In addition, the students will conduct free FireSmart assessments to private property owners that have signed up for the service.

During the work, members of the public are urged to observe the activity at a distance. In the interest of public safety, the public is asked not enter the area of the project operation. The area will be clearly marked with signs.

FireSmart is a national initiative to help property owners and communities understand ways in which wildfire might threaten structures and property located in, and close to, forested and wildland areas, and the steps individuals and communities can take to mitigate the threat of damage to buildings and property by wildfires.

READ MORE: Firesmart program has homeowners ‘thinking like an ember’



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