South Okanagan-Similkameen residents encouraged to take advantage of local FireSmart programs to protect properties

Get FireSmart done early

FireSmart Penticton is working to engage homeowners in voluntary wildfire mitigation activities and encourage residents to apply for grants well ahead of wildfire season.

Neighbourhoods have the opportunity to apply for the $500 grant available through FireSmart Canada Wildfire Community Preparedness Day.

Applications are already open and can be found online here.

Any neighbourhood, community association, fire department, Indigenous community or individual can apply for the grant regardless of their current FireSmart status to help better their area.

For 2022, 162 neighbourhoods received an award.

Both the City of Penticton and the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen are still offering free home assessments.

"Home assessments allow for a great one-on-one opportunity where homeowners can learn about their property’s potential exposure to wildfire. A Wildfire Mitigation Specialist will come out to teach the homeowner how they can be more resilient to wildfire," Miyoko McKeown, FireSmart Coordinator for the City of Penticton said.

The effectiveness of the FireSmart program has been proven to have a drastic impact on reducing the risk of wildfire.

Assessment takes approximately anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour depending on the size of the property.

More on this program's offerings can be found online here.

If you have any questions or concerns and are located within the City of Penticton please email [email protected]

If you have any questions or concerns and are located within the RDOS please email [email protected]

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