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Learn about wildfire risk reduction in Nelson at open house

A free event is being held Sept. 22 at the Prestige Lakeside Resort
Curious about local wildfire mitigation efforts? A public open house will be held Sept. 22 in Nelson. Photo: Submitted

Submitted by Nelson and Area Wildfire Risk Reduction Committee

The Nelson and Area Wildfire Risk Reduction Committee invites the community to join us for a public open house on Sept. 22. This is an opportunity for you to participate in the conversation around wildfire threat to our communities and how we can all reduce the risk of wildfire in our community.

This open house will provide opportunities for community members to engage directly with staff from the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK), City of Nelson, Ministry of Forests and BC Parks to better understand the wildfire risk within and adjacent to our communities, wildfire risk reduction activities underway and what residents can do to reduce the risk of wildfire on their own properties.

The open house runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Prestige Lakeside Resort, 701 Lakeside Dr. It’s a family friendly event with refreshments provided.

The RDCK and the City of Nelson have undertaken fuel mitigation projects to aid in wildfire prevention. BC Parks has developed the West Arm Provincial Park Fire Management Plan to protect park values in the event of a wildfire. BC Parks has also undertaken some fuel mitigation work within West Arm Provincial Park, as well as within Kokanee Creek Provincial Park.

The Nelson and Area Wildfire Risk Reduction Committee is committed to reducing the impact of wildfire in our communities. We do this by collaborating on wildfire mitigation projects, sharing information and resources, and keeping our communities informed. We work closely with BC FireSmart, homeowners, agencies and land managers to help keep our communities safe.

Visit our website to learn more about what is being done to reduce the risk of wildfire in your area, and what you and your community can do to help. Learn more at