Funding for Wildfire Prevention Continues

Funding permitting, there will be three opportunities for local governments and First Nations to apply for funding from the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative in 2014: January 31, April 25 and October 3, 2014.

Under the 2014 SWPI program, grants are available for up to 90 per cent of the eligible costs of operational fuel treatments.  Community Wildfire Protection Plan grants cover 50 per cent of eligible costs while fuel management prescription and demonstration project grants cover 75 per cent of eligible costs.

Forest fires in BC are expected to increase in frequency and severity in coming years due to a warming climate, the Mountain pine beetle infestation and other factors. The best way to protect lives and property from wildfire is to take proactive, preventive steps to reduce threats in and around our communities, including FireSmart activities and forest fuel management.

The Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative is administered by the Provincial Fuel Management Working Group, comprised of staff from the UBCM, First Nations' Emergency Services Society and Wildfire Management Branch of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.  Since 2004, the program has supported:
  • Nearly 300 CWPPs, or CWPP updates
  • More than 430 fuel management prescriptions
  • Over 10,000 hectares of operational fuel treatments or demonstration projects
The 2014 SWPI program guides, application forms and resource materials are now available on UBCM's website.

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