Wildfire Mitigation Practices

Year
2018
Category
Community and Resources
NCLGA Ref#
B6

Details

WHEREAS wildfires have plagued much of British Columbia’s Interior this summer, and will continue to threaten communities, particularly with predicted climate change;

AND WHEREAS forest restrictions continue to hamper fire mitigation efforts:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NCLGA and the UBCM support lobbying the provincial government to support and implement changes to its wildfire mitigation practices that allow for increased spacing of fibre stands, prescribed burning, larger fuel breaks around residential communities, and other methods to lessen the provincial landscape’s susceptibility to “mega-fires” and better protect our citizens and assets from this growing threat.

Responses

UBCM Comments: The UBCM membership has not previously considered a resolution requesting the provincial government to support and implement changes to its wildfire mitigation practices that allow for increased spacing of fibre stands, prescribed burning, larger fuel breaks around residential communities. However, the UBCM membership has endorsed a number of resolutions requesting that the provincial government increase efforts to mitigate wildfire risk (2017-B4; 2016-B6; 2015-B5).

UBCM has administered the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative (SWPI) since 2004. As of April 2018, SWPI is not accepting funding applications pending the outcome of the Provincial Flood and Wildfire Review.

 

 

North Central Local Government Association