Tower Ranch fire mitigation
The City of Kelowna is looking for a provincial grant to mitigate potential wildfire fuel from Tower Ranch Mountain Park.
The park is on the eastern slopes of the city, just south of Tower Ranch golf course.
A 150 unit Tower Ranch subdivision is planned for the area adjacent to the park, prompting the decision to remove potential wildfire fuels.
"We would like to get in there and do some work to mitigate the fuel and fire hazard by this winter," forest health technician, Andrew Hunsberger told council.
"I completed a wildfire urban interface threat analysis and the rating came out as high, with the addition of the new homes at that site."
Hunsberger described the park as densely treed, but not well used due to the steep slopes in the park.
If approved, provincial funds through the UBCM's Strategic Wildfire Initiative would cover 75 per cent of the fuel mitigation with the City picking up the other 25 per cent.
The City is able to apply for funding up to $400,000 a year for wildfire fuel mitigation.
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