Photo/B.C. Wildlife Service

District of Kent gets wildfire defense aid from B.C. government

Modest sum goes to fuel management, government officials say

As spring slowly creeps its way in, summer and wildfire season aren’t too far behind.

The B.C. government recently announced officials are providing nearly $9 million to 89 local governments – including the District of Kent – to aid in protecting homes and businesses from the threat of wildfires. Of the $9 million, the district will receive $1,300 from the government to assist with fuel management. This marks the third round of Community Resiliency Investment grants given throughout the province.

“Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities are on the front lines of wildfire prevention, and we removed barriers so our Community Resiliency Investment program met their needs,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “We fund up to 100 per cent of local projects and projects that include Crown land because we know wildfires don’t distinguish between municipal, on-reserve and provincial Crown land.”

RELATED: Chilliwack churns out new generation of wildfire fighters

“The people who call these communities home know all too well the dangers from wildfires,” said Ravi Kahlon, Parliamentary Secretary for Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “Our government is committed to supporting local governments and First Nations because it’s their on-the-ground efforts and local knowledge that are crucial to protecting the economic, recreational and environmental lifeblood of their communities.”

The Penticton Indian Band was among the top recipients of wildfire funding, netting $150,000 to help reduce the buildup of flammable material such as wood debris and undergrowth in high-risk areas near homes and infrastructure.

RELATED: Fires burning in Fraser Canyon, Highway 7 and Skagit Valley

Launched in September 2018, the provincial government has committed about $60 million total to the Community Resiliency Investment program to help local governments and First Nations authorities reduce wildfire risk through FireSmart education, planning and opportunities.

Wildfires devastated B.C. during the past few years, razing thousands of hectares across the province and tanking the quality of the air throughout B.C. and the Pacific Northwest.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19: District of Kent announces property tax break

Second provincial late payment penalty delayed until October

‘Difficult but necessary’ – local parks, trails, rec sites closed amid pandemic

Several closures by province in area due to physical distancing concerns

Organ donation gives Fraser Valley RCMP officer a second chance at life

Cathleen Falebrinza celebrates Green Shirt Day after receiving a double lung transplant in 2016.

B.C., Alberta health ministers urge public to stay home Easter weekend

Regional politicians, online petition calling for closure of provincial border to non-essential traffic

Human rights complaint over city’s Pride flag tossed out

Kari Simpson’s attempt to block Langley City’s flag raising has failed

Abbotsford prison has confirmed COVID-19 case

Pacific Regional Treatment Centre is the third prison in B.C. in one week to confirm case

B.C.’s COVID-19 rent supplement starts taking applications

$300 to $500 to landlords for April, May and June if eligible

Canadian Olympian diagnosed with heart failure, possible exposure to COVID-19

Olympic soccer star Karina LeBlanc diagnosed with pleural effusion

B.C. unveils $5M for mental health supports during the COVID-19 pandemic

Will include virtual clinics and resources for British Columbians, including front-line workers

B.C. First Nations Health Authority launches virtual doctor program

Program to provide primary health care through COVID-19 pandemic

VIDEO: Fraser Valley singing ensemble overcomes isolation, creates music using digital technology

Members of Belle Voci record ‘a capella’ song together even though they were unable to meet in person

Most Read