Government of Yukon



FOR RELEASE
February 21, 2013

FireSmart projects help to safeguard Yukon communities

WHITEHORSE—Twenty-seven FireSmart projects are underway across Yukon to reduce the threat of wildfire in and around communities and neighbourhoods. In 2012/13, the Yukon government is investing $850,000 for projects in 14 communities.

“FireSmart continues to provide an effective way for not-for-profit organizations, community associations and municipal and First Nations governments to access funding and wildland fire management expertise in support of safeguarding our communities,” Community Services Minister Elaine Taylor said.

Over the last 14 years, more than $12 million has been invested in 337 FireSmart projects, helping to reduce the threat of wildfire and providing employment opportunities for Yukoners in the fall and winter.

FireSmart is a program that is subscribed to nationally, which increases public awareness and the resilience of communities and residents who live with the risk of wildfire. Preparing for the threat of wildfire is a shared responsibility.  Home owners, communities and governments have a shared role to play to lessen the potential effects of wildfire.

Rural property owners and residents living along greenbelts are encouraged to use the following FireSmart practices as part of an integrated fire risk reduction program:

  • Stack firewood and other combustibles away from your house and buildings.
  • Remove lower branches and space out trees on your property while retaining as much of the natural surroundings as possible.
  • Remove deadfall, tall grasses and shrubs around your house.
  • Keep areas under decks and stairs free of leaves, needles and debris.
  • Plant and encourage the growth of fire-resistant vegetation and trees.
  • Install fire-resistant roofing and siding as part of any renovations or repairs to your home.

For more information, contact the FireSmart coordinator 867-667-3013 and visit www.community.gov.yk.ca.

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Contact:

Matthew Grant
Cabinet Communications
867-393-6470
matthew.grant@gov.yk.ca
Mac Hislop
Communications, Community Services
867-393-7461
mac.hislop@gov.yk.ca

2012/13 FireSmart funding recipients

Community

Recipient

2012 funding

Beaver Creek

White River First Nation

$31,000

Burwash Landing

Kluane First Nation

$29,000

Carcross

Carcross/Tagish First Nation

$31,000

Carmacks

Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation

$29,000

 

Village of Carmacks

$19,000

Dawson City

Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in

$31,000

Faro

Town of Faro

$29,000

Haines Junction

Champagne and Aishihik First Nations

$31,000

 

Village of Haines Junction

$31,000

Marsh Lake

Marsh Lake Emergency Services Society

$31,000

Mayo

First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun

$31,000

 

Village of Mayo

$31,000

Mendenhall

Mendenhall Volunteer Fire Department Society

$31,000

Ross River

Ross River Dena Council

$29,000

Teslin

Village of Teslin

$31,000

 

Teslin Tlingit Council

$29,000

Tagish

Tagish Volunteer Fire Department

$31,000

Whitehorse

Hillcrest Community Association

$38,000

 

Granger Community Association

$38,000

 

Copper Ridge Neighbourhood Association

$38,000

 

Riverdale Community Association

$38,000

 

Porter Creek Community Association

$38,000

 

McLean Lake Residents' Association

$31,000

 

Lorne Mountain Community Association

$31,000

 

Kwanlin Dün First Nation

$31,000

 

Crestview Community Association

$31,000

 

Ta’an Kwäch’än Council

$31,000

TOTAL

 

$850,000


News Release #13-034