The Union of BC Municipalities has approved a grant for $22,500 for the preparation of an updated Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) for Salmo and Area G. Salmo’s Fire Protection Area is serviced by the Village of Salmo’s Volunteer Fire Department (image attached). The total project cost is $30,000 and is supported by Columbia Basin Trust, the Regional District of Central Kootenay and the Village of Salmo.
The Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) Program was created in British Columbia to aid communities in developing plans to assist in improving safety and to reduce the risk of damage to property. The 2003, 2004 2009, and 2010 BC wildfire seasons resulted in valuable economic, social and environmental losses. These losses emphasized the need for greater consideration and due diligence with respect to fire risk in the wildland urban interface (WUI). While there are common themes that contribute to the risk profile of communities across BC, each community has unique aspects that require consideration during the CWPP process. Understanding the factors that contribute to wildfire risk is important in developing a comprehensive plan to identify and reduce wildfire risk.
The development of an updated CWWP is also a critical step in communities achieving FireSmart status. In 2016, the Village launched a public awareness campaign called FireSmart Salmo and local Fire Chief Hearn became the area’s Local FireSmart Representative, conducting free fire risk assessments on private property at request. The assessments are free of charge and can be arranged by calling the Village office at (250)357-9433.
The new Community Wildfire Protection Plan (2018) must be completed by June 1, 2018.