Residents of Predator Ridge are being commended for efforts to reduce the risks of wildfires.
The community — which is part of the City of Vernon — has been involved in the FireSmart program since 2016, and held six FireSmart events this year.
“This included two education events, where we introduced— or re-introduced — homeowners to the FireSmart principles; a property clean up event; two Vegetation Management Clean-up events; and public outreach and education at the Era of Megafires movie presentation, so 2018 was a busy FireSmart year at Predator Ridge,” says Kathy Pedersen, Chair of the Predator Ridge FireSmart Committee.
Fire Chief David Lind says Predator Ridge is a model of how communities can come together to improve fire safety in wildland urban interface areas.
“This community understands what it means to live in an interface area and recognizes the importance of property owners taking steps to protect their property,” says Lind.
The program encourages communities to work together in reducing fire hazards.
As part of their activities, the Predator Ridge FireSmart organizing committee held two fuel clean-up days where residents gathered fine fuel from their property and laddered trees which is cutting off the lower tree branches to reduce the possibility that a fire will climb to the treetops.