Fire Mitigation on Transportation Corridors

Year
2019
Category
Transportation and Communication
NCLGA Ref#
R16
UBCM Ref#
B76

Status

NCLGA Executive Recommendation: No Recommendation | Endorsed by the NCLGA and UBCM Memberships

Details

Whereas safe access/egress are vital to human safety during the ever-increasing wildfire events British Columbians are experiencing;

And whereas transportation corridors have been left with dry, combustible brush after clearing the side of roadways, increasing the risk of wildfires:

Therefore be it resolved that the NCLGA and UBCM lobby the Provincial Government to establish a multi- agency approach to fire-smarting transportation corridors in the Province in partnership with BC Hydro, Fortis BC, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.

Responses

The Resolutions Committee advises that the UBCM membership has not previously considered a resolution seeking multi-agency collaboration in order to facilitate fire mitigation work specifically along transportation corridors.

However, the Committee notes that members have consistently endorsed resolutions seeking provincial support and funding for carrying out wildfire mitigation activities (2018-B100, 2018-B97, 2018-B22, 2015-B5, 2012-B114, 2008-B59, 2007-B75).

Funding under the Community Resiliency Investment (CRI) program, totaling $60 million, was announced in September 2018 and allows local governments and First Nations to apply for grants to undertake FireSmart and fuel management activities.

As part of the CRI, Emergency Management BC and the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development are in the process of developing procedures (as of March 2019) to identify critical infrastructure assets that are essential to the health, safety, security or economic well-being of British Columbians and visitors. These procedures will include a risk-based prioritization process intended to advance wildfire risk reduction activities for identified critical infrastructure.

North Central Local Government Association