Wildfire Prevention Funding

Local governments and First Nations can access funding for wildfire prevention activities through the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative, a suite of funding programs administered by UBCM and managed through the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Working Group. The next application intake deadline is October 6, 2017.

Since 2004 the program has supported communities to mitigate risk from wildfire in the wildland urban interface (WUI). Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for four of the Initiative’s funding streams, including Community Wildfire Protection Plans, Fuel Management Prescriptions, Demonstration projects and Operational Treatment projects. FireSmart planning grants are made available annually, typically for the January intake.

Funding for 100% of operational treatment costs may be available for eligible projects in unincorporated areas within regional districts which cannot be treated due to fiscal constraints related to service area requirements. In addition operationally logical treatments that are both within and outside the WUI on adjacent crown land may be funded, and annual SWPI funding limits may be exceeded under certain circumstances through joint funding provided by the Forest Enhancement Society of BC.

For the current (October) intake only, the program requirement that local governments consult with their regional BC Wildfire Service Fuel Management Specialist is being waived, due to staff deployment during this very active wildfire season. An effort to contact the appropriate Fire Centre should still be made, and First Nations should contact the First Nations’ Emergency Services Society, in advance of applying.

Full program information is available on the UBCM website, and program staff may be contacted with questions at swpi@ubcm.ca or 250-356-2947.

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