Wildfire mitigation work kicking off next week

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Prince George, BC - Wildfire Fuel Mitigation work will begin at Broddy Road between the Vanway Firehall and the Vanway transfer station starting from Monday, February 12.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of August and there may be the need for short road closures (of a few hours) of Broddy Road over the coming weeks.

Wildfire fuel removal activities reduce the amount of combustible material that can be used as fuel for a fire. This might include thinning trees, pruning branches and removing dead wood, reducing the amount of litter and debris on the ground, or creating buffer zones between homes and wildlands. Mature trees and trees important for wildlife habitat are left alone.

Similar field work was completed last August in the Malaspina neighborhood.

This work is part of the City’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) where areas of high risk were identified.

The total project cost is estimated to be $253,050, of which $200,000 will be covered by Community Resiliency Investment grant funding. Last September Council approved the remaining $53,050 to be funded using the City’s EVP Crown Land Forest account, which is an internal reserve dedicated for urban forestry management on City lands.

There’s an opportunity for the public to learn more about this work and ask questions with our Environmental Specialist hosting a pop-up booth next week at the Golden Age Social event.

The details are:

  • Wildfire fuel mitigation information session at the Prince George Conference & Civic Centre from 1:30pm – 4pm, Monday February 12.

They’ll be there alongside the planning team who are hosting an Official Community Plan (OCP) pop-up booth at the same time.

All the information around the OCP and upcoming community consultation can be found here.

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Media contact:
Claire Thwaites, senior communications advisor
Mobile: 778-349-1386
Email: media@princegeorge.ca