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Lheidli T'enneh First Nation, City included in new grants for Prince George Fire Centre

Funds will help support wildfire risk reduction projects
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Much like the military, the Prince George wildfire emergency training scenario used items to mark territory and evacuation on a 900 sq. ft map (via Kyle Balzer)

The Lheidli T'enneh First Nation and City of Prince George have received more funding from the provincial government to support wildfire risk reduction projects.

Eight communities throughout the centre will receive $574,840 from Community Resiliency Investment program. 

The break down for the City of Prince George and Lheidli T'enneh First Nation is as follows: 

  • Lheidli T'enneh First Nation

    • $18,000 to assist with education, inter-agency co-operation, emergency planning, cross-training, and FireSmart activities for private land

  • City of Prince George

    • $229,160 to assist with education, emergency planning, cross-training, fuel and vegetation management, and FireSmart activities for private land

The funds are part of the second round of 44 grants that were handed out during the program's first application intake.

To date, the province says almost 130 grants have already been handed out, amounting to over $9.8 million. 

"The last two summers have shown the need for better preparation in advance of wildfire seasons," B.C. Forests Minister Doug Donaldson says in a release. "To help keep people and communities as safe as possible, it's more important than ever that we invest in programs that reduce the risk."

Grants are administered and processed through the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM). 

Applicants considered a low wildfire risk are able to apply for up to $25,000 and applicants at a higher wildfire risk can apply for up to $150,000.

 




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