BC wildfire experts to outline steps farm owners can take to prepare for emergency

Protect farms from wildfire

Farms can be complicated properties to defend during a wildfire.

But, there are valuable tools, information and resources available to farmers and ranchers.

Experts from BC Wildfire, FireSmart and the Shuswap Emergency Program will outline what land owners can do to pre-plan for a wildfire event – including animal evacuations.

A meeting will be held June 3 at the Falkland Sunday Morners Club, 2948 Churchill Rd., from 9 a.m. to noon.

Participants are urged to conduct a FireSmart critical infrastructure assessment before Sept. 30.

The cost of assessments will be reimbursed to a maximum $2,000 per applicant.

After successfully completing the assessment, applicants will be eligible to apply for select on-farm projects to address recommendations from the review.

Wildfire-approved applicants may receive between 25 to 50% cost-share reimbursements for selected on-farm projects up to a maximum of $35,000.

The wildfire preparedness project includes topic such as:

  • FireSmart critical infrastructure assessment
  • Farm building retrofits
  • Critical farm structures upgrades
  • Addressing vegetation and combustible materials
  • Farm structures sprinkler protection project

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