West Kelowna seeks power to compel cleanup of fire fuels on private properties

The Daily Courier
October 25, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Private landowners should be compelled to reduce the fire risk on their land, West Kelowna city council says. Council agreed Tuesday to ask the provincial government to introduce such legislation, citing a need to better protect communities against wildfires. Currently, neither the province nor a municipality can compel a landowner to thin out trees or clear away underbrush. “We need to have the ability to mandate a cleanup (for fire mitigation purposes) on somebody’s property,” Coun. Duane Ophus said.

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