Wildfire Prevention Program Relaunched

Funding for forest fuel reduction plans and projects is again available under the 2015 Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative, which is being relaunched today with recently announced additional provincial funding.

The initiative supports communities to mitigate risk from wildfire in the wildland urban interface. The primary objective of the program is to maximize the number of hectares treated in areas that pose the greatest risk of wildfire to communities.

2015 Program & Application Guides are now available for the initiative’s Fuel Management Prescription and Operational Treatment streams. A revised program guide has also been issued for the 2015 Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) stream.

Funding permitting, local governments and First Nations may submit applications at any time, and these will be reviewed following the intake deadlines of May 29 and October 2, 2015.

Community Wildfire Protection Plan grants cover up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs for local governments (and up to 100 per cent of First Nations' CWPP costs), while prescription grants cover up to 75 per cent, and operational treatment grants pay for up to 90 per cent, of eligible project costs.  

The Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative (SWPI) is administered by the Provincial Fuel Management Working Group, comprised of staff from UBCM, First Nations' Emergency Services Society and Wildfire Management Branch of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. 

The 2015 SWPI program guides, application forms and resource materials are now available on UBCM's website.

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