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November 22, 2013, 4:00 pm

Logan Lake celebrated with FireSmart Canada achievement

District of Logan Lake

LOGAN LAKE – Logan Lake has achieved another major goal in its strategy to minimize wildfire threats and protect the community from devastating firestorms, as FireSmart Canada today recognized a decade of hard work with a 2013 Community Protection Achievement.

To earn the designation, Logan Lake was required to raise public awareness of FireSmart principles, undertake fuel management projects and teach private property owners how they can help safeguard their homes and businesses from wildfire.

Since 2005, Logan Lake and the Wildfire Management Branch have completed 21 fuel treatment projects covering 134 hectares, spread over 400 hectares of Crown land. Local crews typically burn 200 piles of brush and wood waste annually, with most of the work being done by hand or through small-scale wood salvaging tenures.

FireSmart Canada is part of the Partners in Protection Association and works closely with communities throughout the country to mitigate wildfire risks in interface areas where urban development borders on forest or grassland areas.

Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart (on behalf of Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson) and District of Logan Lake acting mayor Robin Smith were joined today by Partners in Protection Association executive director Kelly Johnston, Wildfire Management Branch staff and other guests as they acknowledged Logan Lake’s commitment to FireSmart principles at a fuel management project site near the municipal campground.

The District of Logan Lake was one of the first local governments in British Columbia to complete a Community Wildfire Protection Plan, with financial support from the provincial government’s Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative.

Fuel management decreases the risk of wildfire damage by reducing the amount of waste wood, tree needles, underbrush and other flammable material that could “fuel” a grassland fire or forest fire. This vital work can significantly slow a wildfire’s rate of spread and also make a safer environment for first responders to extinguish a blaze.

Fuel reduction treatments may include: removing dead trees; increasing the spacing between live trees; trimming low-hanging tree branches; and removing or burning off vegetation and wood debris.