Initial 2018 SWPI Intake Announced

An initial intake for the 2018 Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative has been announced.  Applications to the Prescription, Operational Treatment and FireSmart Planning program streams will be accepted and reviewed after the intake deadline of February 23, 2018. 

Applications for fuel management prescriptions supported by a current and approved Community Wildfire Protection Plan, and for operational treatment projects supported by a current and approved prescription, will be considered for funding.

The FireSmart Planning program stream will refocus activities on the seven FireSmart disciplines:  education, vegetation management, legislation and planning, development considerations, interagency cooperation, emergency planning, and cross training.

Program materials for the February intake of these program streams will be available on UBCM’s webpage by the end of December 2017.

The Community Wildfire Protection Plan program stream will be paused in anticipation of the provincial review of 2017 wildfire and flood response currently underway.

Since 2004, the Initiative has supported communities to mitigate risk from wildfire in the wildland urban interface, providing funding and technical support to projects conducted by First Nations and local governments.

SWPI is managed through the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Working Group, composed of the First Nations’ Emergency Services Society, the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development, and the Union of BC Municipalities. Funding is provided by the Province of BC and is administered by UBCM.

Future intakes to SWPI will be subject to the outcomes of the provincial wildfire reviews.

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