Former councillor urges fire guard ‘headband’ be cut around Salmon Arm

By lachlan Labere
Salmon Arm Observer
August 30, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A former municipal councillor is urging the city to pursue creating a fire guard “headband” around Salmon Arm. In a letter to the city, Chad Eliason encourages working with the province and local forest companies to plan and log a fire break around the community. He noted communities need fire breaks and FireSmart programs cost money. “This would mean expanding their licences into areas that they would not have been able to log previously,” wrote Eliason. “I envision a headband-like ring around the city. “While not acceptable in the past as it was not aesthetically pleasing, it could make a big difference.” Eliason said the initiative would result in jobs, increased safety and trails. Coun. Kevin Flynn saw merit to Eliason’s suggestion, though jokingly said he didn’t wish to give the former councillor credit, as it’s something he’s “been talking about forever.”

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