The provincial government has handed out more than $1 million in grants to 11 communities within the Kamloops Fire Centre to help support wildfire risk-reduction projects.
"The last two summers have shown the need for better preparation in advance of wildfire seasons," Forests Minister Doug Donaldson said.
"To help keep people and communities as safe as possible, it's more important than ever that we invest in programs that reduce the risk."
The Community Resiliency Investment Program helps increase community resiliency by funding activities that promote FireSmart education, planning and opportunities for partnerships through regional FireSmart committees. A key component of the program is that it lets communities apply for funding to cover up to 100 per cent of a wildfire risk-reduction project.
The Union of B.C. Municipalities administers this program and processes grant applications. Eligible applicants facing a lower wildfire risk can apply for up to $25,000, while applicants facing a demonstrated higher wildfire risk can now apply for up to $150,000.
The number of community resiliency investment program grants allocated provincewide to date is 129, amounting to more than $9.8 million.
The provincial government has committed $60 million to the program to help local governments and First Nations reduce the risk of wildfire through the promotion and use of FireSmart principles.
The application deadline for the next intake is Oct. 18. Program materials and more information about how to apply for one of these grants is available on the UBCM website at ubcm.ca/cri.
Recipients of grants in the Kamloops Fire Centre include:
• Regional District of Central Okanagan: $30,000 to assist with planning.
• Regional District of North Okanagan: $100,000 to assist with education and fuel and vegetation management.
• District of Logan Lake: $152,712 to assist with fuel and vegetation management.
• City of Vernon: $58,200 to assist with fuel and vegetation management.
• City of West Kelowna: $100,000 to assist with fuel and vegetation management.
• District of Sicamous: $99,540 to assist with education, planning and fuel and vegetation management.
• Lower Similkameen Indian Band: $100,000 to assist with planning, fuel and vegetation management, and FireSmart activities for private land.
• Whispering Pines/Clinton Indian Band: $98,000 to assist with education, planning, emergency planning, cross-training and fuel and vegetation management.
• Adams Lake Indian Band: $20,820 to assist with fuel and vegetation management.
• Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band: $199,927 to assist with education, planning and fuel and vegetation management.
• Simpcw First Nation: $100,000 to assist with education and fuel and vegetation management.