Every year, generous residents join Nelson Fire & Rescue Service members to tackle wildfire risk reduction projects around town. This past May, the Rail Trail saw volunteers help to remove downed woody debris and clear ladder fuels along the south side of the trail. This effort connected with a previous volunteer treatment to create a fuel break over 1km long. This October, volunteers joined firefighters in Art Gibbon Park for another volunteer FireSmart day. The hardworking community members brought out heaps of woody debris from the forest and significantly reduced the potential intensity of a wildfire in the park.
Come down to the Baker Street market every second Wednesday from May through September to chat with our FireSmart coordinator or a local firefighter and learn what you can do to make your home more resilient to wildfire.
The annual Wildfire Risk Reduction Open House provides a great opportunity for residents to engage directly with staff and elected representatives from the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK), City of Nelson, Ministry of Forests, and BC Parks to better understand the wide range of initiatives being taken on by our Community FireSmart Resiliency Committee. This event is a great opportunity to learn about the wildfire risk within our communities, what activities are currently underway to reduce this wildfire risk, and what residents can do to reduce the risk of wildfire on their properties. Thank you to all of this year's attendees for the great questions and engaging conversation! We look forward to next year’s event.