Rushmere Achieves FireSmart Status

Reposted from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

The small community of Rushmere has taken some big steps to protect residents from harm, using FireSmart principles to proactively reduce wildfire threats on private land on
the west shore of Windermere Lake.

FireSmart Canada acknowledged all that hard work on Feb. 9, 2016, with the official presentation of a Community Protection Achievement Award and the installation of a FireSmart sign at the entrance road to Rushmere. The award presentation was attended by BC Wildfire Service staff, a provincial FireSmart Canada representative, Regional District of East Kootenay staff, the fire chief for Columbia Valley Rural Fire and Rescue Services and other guests.

To earn the Community Protection Achievement Award, Rushmere was required to raise public awareness of FireSmart principles and teach private landowners how to help safeguard their homes from wildfire.

In September 2015, the B.C. government and the Union of B.C. Municipalities launched the $500,000 FireSmart Community Grant Program to encourage more communities to participate in the FireSmart program. Grants of up to $10,000 each for up to 50 communities are being offered to help communities receive a FireSmart designation.

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