Peachland residents prepping for fire season with chipping project

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FireSmart wildfire mitigation work gets underway in Peachland – May 10, 2020

As many continue to stick close to home during the novel coronavirus pandemic, some Peachland residents are using the time to getting prepared for the coming fire season.

This week, residents in two areas of the community were thinning and trimming trees on their properties in an effort to protect their homes in the event of a wildfire.

Thanks to grant funding, a chipper was available so the branches residents had trimmed could be picked up and cleared away.

“This is a project that was postponed earlier this spring but the fire chief has decided to push ahead with the project with social distancing,” fire and life safety educator Brandy Maslowski said.

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Maslowski, who is working on the project as a contractor for the District of Peachland, said residents should clear vegetation that’s within 1.5 metres of their home and trim or thin trees within 10 metres.

The preventative work is designed to make it less likely homes will catch on fire even if embers come into the area during a wildfire.

“Wildfire is one of the biggest risks here,” said resident Michael Healey who is participating in the project.

“Those of us who are able to reduce the risk of fire damage on our property, I think we’re happy to do it.”

Another branch chipping pickup day is scheduled in the same areas on Friday for residents who need more time to thin their trees.

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