The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is continuing its wildfire management program and completing a final clean-up of the site of last year’s 4.4-hectare fuel thinning project above the Brio subdivision. The work will begin during the week of May 15 and will continue into June.
Vehicles will access the site from a right of way that was upgraded last year on Panorama Ridge. Debris will be removed from the site or chipped in place; there will be no burning on site.
The RMOW is committed to reducing the risk of wildfire in our community. In January Council adopted a Wildfire Protection Strategy, which integrates the municipality’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) and Landscape Scale Fire Behaviour Model report into a comprehensive strategic plan, which includes 17 prioritized recommendations for planning, fuel reduction and outreach programs to move Whistler toward its wildfire risk reduction goals.
Fuel thinning projects involve removal of ground brush and debris, as well as pruning branches and removing specific trees. Fuel thinning treatments are isolated to small, defined areas, and are light-touch on the land base leaving an open, park-like feel to the forest. Over the past several years, the RMOW with funding from the provincial Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative has completed fuel thinning projects in high priority areas including Lost Lake Park, Kadenwood, Millar’s Pond, and above Horstman Estates.
While the RMOW is investing heavily in an accelerated and aggressive wildfire protection program, wildfire prevention is a shared responsibility. Private property owners can take simple steps to protect their properties and Whistler against the spread of wildfires:
- Learn more about wildfire prevention and emergency preparedness during Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (May 6) and Emergency Preparedness Week (May 7 to 13).
- Schedule a FREE FireSmart property assessment by contacting Whistler Fire Rescue Services at 604-935-8260 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Participate in free yard waste drop-off weekends. The next opportunity is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 12 to 14 at the Spruce Grove overflow parking lot.
- Burn garden debris safely and with a permit. This is allowed from April 28 to May 15.
- Arrange for free pick-up and chipping of trees, tree limbs and brush from homeowners’ FireSmart activities on May 6.
During fire season prevent and report wildfires. Phone 911 in Whistler; Outside of Whistler phone 1-800-663-5555 or dial *5555 toll free on most cell networks. Follow fire danger rating guidelines, including fire bans.
Learn more at whistler.ca/firesmart.