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B.C. Regional District Seeks Funding For Fire Safety

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The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) of British Columbia will file for a grant application to fund emergency fire-safety activities as well as fuel management recommendations, a report said. This includes plans for Descanso Bay Regional Park and Cox Community Park.

The request for $153,387 (about $123,000 USD) to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities’ Community Resiliency Investment Fund will cover fuel management prescriptions for five district parks in the region. The prescriptions will provide information on wildfire risks and suggest activities to manage fuel to reduce the risk of fires.

The parks were chosen because of their location within the wildfire urban interface, proximity to residential properties, wildfire risk, or historic fire activities within their boundaries.

Descanso Bay was chosen due to the risks associated with the activities that happen within the campground. The heavily cultivated area could benefit from fuel treatment according to a report from the staff. The fuel prescription could help in reducing the intensity of a wildfire near the park’s boundary.

Around 22 hectares out of the 44-hectare Cox Community Park would be the subject of a fuel prescription. Cox and Descanso Bay parks both adjoin Taylor Bay Road.

In collaboration with Gabriola Volunteer Fire Department, the RDN is also seeking funds for the creation of a regional FireSmart coordinator to collaborate with fire departments on education components, such as neighborhood assessments as well as vegetation management.

A total of $45,458 (about $36,400 USD) of the grant amount will be used for Electoral Area B initiatives.

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