Wildfire Prevention Grant Deadline Approaches

The next deadline for applications for funding under the 2013 Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative (SWPI) is Friday April 26. Local governments and First Nations are eligible for grants to develop plans and undertake fuel management projects on lands surrounding their communities.

Under the 2013 SWPI program, grants are available for up to 90 per cent of the costs of operational forest fuel treatments. Community Wildfire Protection Plan grants cover 50 per cent of costs, and treatment Prescription grants provide 75 per cent. Community contributions make up the balance of costs, either in cash, in-kind or other grants.

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

Thinning trees and branches and removing brush that acts as fuel for a wildfire is the best way to prevent fire from entering the community.

The 2013 program guide and application forms are available on UBCM's website.

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.

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