DAWSON CREEK, B.C – The Peace River Regional District has launched the FireSmart program to identify properties at high risk of wildfires.

The free assessment is open to rural residents and will help them understand how to reduce the risk of damage or loss of property from a wildfire, says the PRRD.

“The Peace region is particularly vulnerable to wildfires, which often happen earlier and last longer here,” says PRRD Board Chair Brad Sperling. “Taking a proactive approach is shown to reduce the risk of losses in the most extreme wildfire conditions.”

Homeowners in the Peace Region can book their appointments online or call 250-784-1855. The home assessment will be conducted by forest and wildfire service company Mammoth Forestry Ltd, out of Fort St. John.

The district says small changes can go a long way in preventing wildfire damage to a property, such as cleaning roofs and gutters, trimming branches overhanging above the roof, moving firewood away from a property, and keeping grass short.

FireSmart is a national and provincial inter-agency program that helps residents who live in high-risk areas prepare their properties and their neighbourhoods to meet the threat posed by wildfire.