During a media tour of the Soda Creek Road area, Cariboo Fire Centre information officer Rachel Witt discusses ways to fire smart a home and property as was the case of a property on Springfield Road where the home was saved but an outbuilding was lost. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

Bouchie Lake and Ten Mile Lake to host FireSmart workshops

A partnership of residents together with community leaders involved in planning, developing and protection our community is working together to host a locally oriented workshop on a growing issue — wildfire in residential areas.

The City of Quesnel is co-ordinating two FireSmart Community Champion workshops, which will be held June 1 in Bouchie Lake and June 2 in Ten Mile Lake.

The workshops are open to all members of the public, not only Bouchie Lake or Ten Mile Lake residents.

Participants in the workshop will learn how they can play an active role in helping their own neighbourhoods prepare for wildfires by recognizing the little things that can put homes at risk and how, by adopting the FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program, they can instigate effective “neighbours helping neighbours” solutions that reduce the risk of wildfire losses.

The FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program is a grassroots initiative that zeros in on the hazards that make a community vulnerable to wildfire and provides local residents with a framework for planning and implementing locally-adapted solutions.

The program includes many educational and motivational tools that residents will find useful in making their homes and the surrounding community resistant to wildfire losses (i.e. FireSmart).

To learn more about the upcoming Bouchie Lake and Ten Mile Lake Community Champion Workshops and find out how to register, contact Amanda Vibert at firesmart@quesnel.ca or 250-255-5808.

For more information about Partners in Protection, FireSmart Canada, or the FireSmart Canada Community Recognition Program, visit firesmartcanada.ca.

The City of Quesnel would like to acknowledge the support of the Community Resilience Investment Program for their support in this initiative.

—Submitted by City of Quesnel

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