Fire crews drop retardant on the Christie Mountain wildfire burning south of Penticton. The fire, which began Aug. 18, was at an estimated size of 2,035 hectares by Aug. 25. (BC Wildfire Service)

Fire crews drop retardant on the Christie Mountain wildfire burning south of Penticton. The fire, which began Aug. 18, was at an estimated size of 2,035 hectares by Aug. 25. (BC Wildfire Service)

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen seeks $600,000 in fire prevention grant funding

The funding initiative is offered through the Union of B.C. Municipalities

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is submitting a grant application of $600,000 for initiatives to reduce the risk and impact of wildfires.

The funding is under the 2021 Union of B.C. Municipalities Community Resiliency Investment Program.

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The initiatives provide funding by undertaking community-based FireSmart planning and activities to reduce the risk of wildfires.

Under the 2020 program, the regional district was awarded a grant of $150,000 for its FireSmart website and initiatives.

For this year, the regional district may submit a single application for eligible collaborative projects that includes multiple electoral areas to a maximum of $150,000 plus up to $50,000 for FireSmart activities for each electoral area. This means up to $600,000 in funding is available.

The application deadline is Oct. 9 and the regional district will be advised of the status of the application by Feb. 5, 2021.

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