City gets grant to clear potential wildfire fuel

The city has received over half a million dollars in grant money from the Union of B.C. Municipalities to clear back vegetation that poses a potential wildfire risk to the city.

The city received $555,625 under UBCM's Community Resiliency Investment Program, according to a report going before city council on Monday. City council is being asked to approve spending $83,800 in reserve money to cover the remaining cost of the work.

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"The Wildfire Mitigation Fuel Removal project will undertake strategic vegetation removal in three priority areas within Prince George that were identified in the Community Wildfire Protection Plan," city acting deputy city manager Ian Wells wrote in his report. 

The first is near Broddy Road, north of Highway 16 in the Vanway area. The second is in the area of Malaspina Avenue in College Heights. Another is planned in the Pidherny area.

The projects must be competed by March 2022 to meet the conditions of the UBCM grant.

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