Ymir is a great place to live and enjoy the great outdoors – but both buildings and trails could be threatened during a wildfire. The Ymir Community Association is hiring a registered professional forester, archeologist and work crews to develop fuel reduction plans for two areas totalling 12.5 hectares, remove fuels like underbrush and shrubs, and create signs that will make people more aware of wildfire risks and encourage them to take care of their surroundings.

“Recently, more than ever, we have all been discussing what the next steps should be in protecting Ymir’s residents and businesses from the obvious danger of wildfires,” said Janice Perello, president. “This project will not only serve as an important fuel reduction and management necessity, but will also give the people a feeling of protection and security in areas that are enjoyed by many residents during outdoor activities.”

The funding comes from the Columbia Basin Economic Recovery Initiative, which is part of the Province of BC’s Crown Land Wildfire Risk Reduction program. The initiative is a partnership between the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (through the BC Wildfire Service) and Columbia Basin Trust (which is administering the funding).

Columbia Basin Trust