Spring is Just Around the Corner, but That Means Wildfire Season is Too
Lac La Biche County can help you get your home ready for wildfire season by performing a free Firesmart assessment and wood chipping services on your property.
Lac La Biche County Fire Chief John Kokotilo says an assessment helps residents identify specific actions they can take to reduce wildfire risks on their property. These include, but aren’t limited to, wildfire fuel reduction (thinning/laddering trees, cutting tall grass), building construction, and fuel source (like propane tanks) relocation.
Average Number of Assessments
Kokotilo adds that in the last three years, Lac La Biche County has averaged 80-100 assessments and wood chipping projects annually.
“These initiatives have helped to ensure that those residences that were involved in our program have just become that less susceptible to wildfire,” he says. “Residents that had previous FireSmart mitigation can usually look at a three-to-five year reoccurring maintenance schedule.”
Kokotilo says that on top of providing an increased sense of safety, being part of a FireSmart community also helps residents develop closer relationships with neighbours and local fire agencies, as well as a sense of pride in caring for the natural environment around the community.