‘A wake-up’: Whistler, B.C., known for its snow, to start wildfire drills

By Simon Little & Cassidy Mosconi
Global News
April 4, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Known for its snow, Whistler, B.C., will soon be running an emergency simulation for a threat that’s becoming ever more present: fire. First responders will be running an emergency evacuation drill on April 18, part of the resort community’s recent Community Wildfire Resiliency Plan as drought and climate change continue to intensify fire behaviour and the threat to life it presents. “Whistler is in the trees, we live in the forest, so it’s a real priority for us to understand risk and then do everything in our power to ensure we are prepared,” Mayor Jack Crompton told Global News on Thursday. The community has been implementing recommendations from a recent report into wildfire preparedness, which includes a recognition that Highway 99 is the only way in and out of the community. …Residents are also being included in wildfire preparedness plans, with a heavy focus on education and encouragement to FireSmart their properties.

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