Mission, BC—The District of Mission has recently received nearly $140,000 under the Community Resiliency Investment program for 2021 FireSmart Community Funding & Supports.
The Community Resiliency Investment (CRI) Program was introduced by the province to aid communities across British Columbia by funding activities that reduce the risk and impacts of wildfires.
The District will use the grant for FireSmart activities such as community education, vegetation management, cross-training for firefighters, and development considerations, such as fire-resistant materials and road access in the fire interface areas of Steelhead and Stave Falls
“The receipt of this funding will allow communities in the interface and intermixed areas of the District a much-needed opportunity to learn more about FireSmart,” said Fire Chief, Mark Goddard. “As a result of this program, there will also be an opportunity for residents to take advantage of access to wood debris chip events at convenient sites in their neighbourhoods.”
In addition to FireSmart initiatives, the funding will also be used to reduce fuel loads in high risk forests located adjacent to neighborhoods, starting in 2021, with fuel reduction prescriptions in the Steelhead and Stave Falls communities.
“This funding provides significant resources that will improve the resiliency and safety of neighbourhoods located within the high-risk interface areas of our Community,” said Chris Gruenwald, Director of Forestry.
Activities are expected to begin this spring and will be communicated to residents on social media; Facebook (@District of Mission), Twitter (@Mission_BC), Instagram (@mission_bc) and on the District’s website; mission.ca.
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