The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), K’ómoks First Nation and FireSmart are encouraging residents to help reduce the risk of wildfires before summer.
The First Nation, CVRD and FireSmart are reminding property owners to clean gutters, roofs and decks, have a wildfire evacuation plan and to keep trees spaced and pruned.
FireSmart is a program that offers resources and activities to improve wildfire resilience.
The program receives financial support from a Community Resiliency Investment grant.
Residents can call their fire department to receive a free FireSmart evaluation.
“Wildfires are a part of life and with drier summers and reduced rainfall, these natural events become a greater risk,” said Hornby Island Fire Chief and FireSmart trainer Doug Chinnery.
“To FireSmart your property doesn’t have to be expensive. Many things can be done for free by the property owner. Following the simple FireSmart principles can help protect your home and property.”