Jim Garth of Debri Resources worked on a fuel mitigation program at Rosemont’s Art Gibbon Park in 2011. The same company will carry out work above Fairview starting this week.

Wildfire mitigation work gets underway above Fairview

An effort to ensure fuel for potential wildfires is controlled at the city’s edge resumes this week.

An effort to ensure fuel for potential wildfires is controlled at the city’s edge resumes this week.

Wildfire Fuel Reduction Program continues on property bordering the City of Nelson, near Svoboda Road, Mary Hall and Mountain Lakes Seniors facility.

“The area will be receiving a much-needed cleanup to protect the forest and City of Nelson residents from a substantial wildfire event,” said fire chief Simon Grypma in a news release. “This work will also provide increased protection to the nearby homes, schools and seniors’ residences.”

To begin with, some trees identified as dangerous will be harvested. “Many of these trees have already collapsed on their own,” said Grypma.

Crews will then move onto cleanup of woody debris o the forest floor, pruning and removal of smaller trees and ladder fuels to reduce the risk of a fire spreading to the drown overheard. Done by hand, this work includes pile burning should weather and proper venting conditions permit.

“This will improve the overall forest health and restore the natural ecosystem. It will also give the Fire Department a greater chance to stop the spread of fire, should a wildfire occur in the interface,” said Grypma.

To do this work safely, access to the trails and surrounding area will be restricted, or in some cases, closed to the public as early as next week October 15 for the duration of operation work periods and will be posted closed.

Work in this area was partially completed in 2011 and halted when funding ran out. Funding will be provided by approved grants from the UBCM operational fuel treatment program.

Debri Resources Ltd will complete the work.

Just Posted

UPDATE: Tsunami warning cancelled for coastal British Columbia

Warning issued following 7.9 earthquake off Kodiak, AK

VIDEO: Dramatic video shows return of rescued snowboarders

Two snowboarders found safe near Rossland, B.C.

Cops investigate crime spree link

Two suspects arrested in Grand Forks

Nelson bumps up cost of east Blewett fire service

The 20 per cent increase will amount to approximately $56 per year for a $400,000 home

Judgment reserved in Nakusp school sex trial

Trial concluded today with lawyer’s summations

Tsunami warnings 101: Canada

Here are some things to know about tsunami alerts in Canada and how they work

Living with dying in the Kalein Day Hospice Program

A personal look at death from a support group member

Videos of Nelson council meetings now online

Meetings will be live streamed and linked to the online agenda

PeeWee Leafs strike gold again

The team has won two tournaments this month

Female goalie from Golden wins first Junior B game

Female goalie believed to be league’s first to play a full game and win

Nelson Leafs lose to Nitehawks on last-minute goal

The game was played to finish a postponed contest in December

CBT to provide 100 new child care spaces

Nelson Waldorf School is also getting money for a roof

Castlegar homicide victim identified

The victim was 38-year-old Jordan Workman of Castlegar, B.C.

B.C. Liberal leadership candidates get one last prime-time pitch

Leadership campaign to be decided in Feb. 3 vote

Most Read