Fighting fire before it starts

Predator Ridge is keeping on top of things to keep fire risk to a minimum.

For the third year, the FireSmart program has recognized the Predator Ridge community for its work in reducing wildfire risks.

The community has been actively involved in the FireSmart program - which encourages communities to work together in reducing fire hazards - since adopting it in 2016.

The Predator Ridge FireSmart organizing committee held two fuel clean-up days where residents gathered fine fuel from their property.

They also laddered trees - cutting off the lower tree branches to reduce the possibility that a fire will climb to the treetops.

“We held six FireSmart events in 2018,” said Kathy Pedersen, chairperson of the Predator Ridge FireSmart Committee. “This included two education events, where we introduced — or re-introduced — homeowners to the FireSmart principles; a property clean up event; two vegetation management clean-up events and public outreach and education at the Era of Megafires movie presentation, so 2018 was a busy FireSmart year at Predator Ridge.”

FireSmart participants learn about fires and also get the satisfaction of taking direct action to protect themselves.

“Predator Ridge is a model of how communities can come together to improve fire safety in the Wildland Urban Interface,” said Vernon Fire Rescue Services Chief David Lind. “This community understands what it means to live in an interface area and recognizes the importance of property owners taking steps to protect their property.”

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