Juniper Ridge Community Association optimistic about short-term work in wake of wildfire

Recommendations outlined by the city include seeking funding from upper levels of government for another paved route in and out of Juniper Ridge and implementing the Voyent Alert emergency alert app.

The Juniper Ridge Community Association says residents are “cautiously optimistic” about the city’s response in the wake of a fire that broke out on Canada Day near its neighbourhood.

Association co-chair Alana Palmer said residents have seen a good response from the city — with recommendations outlined on Tuesday (July 6) that include seeking funding from upper levels of government for another paved route in and out of Juniper Ridge, implementing the Voyent Alert emergency alert app and providing a fulsome debrief in the weeks to come,

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However, questions about timelines remain.

“I think the city is addressing the exact needs that need to be right now,” Palmer said. “I guess what I feel like is lacking from a community association standpoint is solid timelines for some of these short-term changes that need to happen.”

Palmer said that while she understands city concerns concerning safety on two unpaved, unlit and unmarked roads connecting Juniper Ridge and Rose Hill via Coldwater Drive and Galore Crescent, she said that needs to be rectified as soon as possible.

Palmer said the association is working closely with the city, holding meetings with elected officials and city staff, and she thinks work will be done right away. She expects a drivable road in the “very near future.”

Palmer said recent cooler weather and rain should not slow down work.

“The challenges we faced that night are no different right now,” she said. “It still needs to be changed.”

During a lightning storm in the evening on Canada Day, a fire broke out in the hills between Valleyview and Juniper Ridge, which threatened homes in both areas. No injuries were sustained and no homes were lost, though criticism followed over long waits to get down Highland Road (the only paved way out) from Juniper Ridge and communication from the city during the emergency situation.

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