Forest fuel management to address wildfire hazards in Blue River

The TNRD is moving to reduce the interface wildfire hazard on Crown and private lands

Blue River and area homeowners recently received a letter from Jason Tomlin, emergency services supervisor with the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, advising them the TNRD is moving to reduce the interface wildfire hazard on Crown and private lands near their community.

According to the letter, the Blue River Community Association has given the TNRD its approval to secure operational grant funding that will result in the spacing, pruning and debris removal (not clear-cutting) on six Crown lots adjacent to private land.

The six lots amount to approximately 27.8 hectares of high hazard interface area.

The fuels management project will be administered by the TNRD and treated by forestry workers and possibly the Wildfire Management Branch for the next one to two years.

Tomlin noted that the funding only allows for treatment on Crown interface area and that private landowners are responsible for fuel management on their own property.

A Homeowners Firesmart brochure was included with the letter to assist property owners in a performing a site assessment.

The brochure also includes information on methods to help reduce the fire danger in and around buildings and property.