City of Fernie embarking on a wildfire fuel management project this month

By Carolyn Grant
The Fernie Free Press
February 7, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The City of Fernie will be conducting wildfire fuel management in the Ridgemont area to reduce the risk of wildfire to the community. The fuel management project is being funded by a $150,000 grant from Columbia Basin Trust, and a $35,000 contribution from the City of Fernie, and will cover areas identified as a top priority in the City’s 2018 Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The work will be completed over an 8-week period beginning later this month and will involve removing ground fuels, pruning, thinning of the smallest diameter trees, thinning the understory, and removing sick or dead trees to better protect nearby residences by making the area more resilient to wildfire.

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