Predator Ridge tackles wildfire risk

The fire smart committee at Predator Ridge will hold an event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Predator Ridge residents can learn more about the potential wildfire threat.

The fire smart committee at Predator Ridge will hold an event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Niblick Way and Falcon Point Way.

“We have an area marked off with tape for 10-metre zone, 30-metre zone and beyond, which shows what a cleaned up area should look like in order to provide better protection for your home in case of wildfire as well as an area that has not been cleaned up so our residents can see the difference,” said Kathy Pedersen, committee member.

“We are not clear cutting trees but simply cleaning up dead branches, pine cones, thinning of bush, trees, etc. within the first 10 metres of the home, which will be our focus at this event.”

Mark Goode, committee member, hopes residents will attend.

“As the wildfire situation in Fort McMurray and other fires in the Okanagan in recent years show, it is time for our community to take some action in order to mitigate damage to our homes in the urban wildlife area,” he said.

Committee members have been trained by Vernon deputy fire chief Lawrie Skolrood and a provincial grant targeted fire smart practices.

“Wildfire has the capacity to impact our personal safety and cause extensive damage to our property whether we live in the heart of the city or on its edge,” said Skolrood.


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