The powerlines over Mount Macpherson west of Revelstoke are considered to provide a fuel break for the community.

Fuel reduction needed to complete Revelstoke fire breaks

A few gaps need to be filled to complete a network of fuel breaks around Revelstoke, according to a new report received last week.

A few gaps need to be filled to complete a network of fuel breaks around Revelstoke, according to a new report received last week.

The report, by Archie McConnachie, the retired manager of the Revelstoke wildfire base, and forestry consultant Cindy Pearce, looks at the network of fuel breaks around Revelstoke, and identifies places where such breaks don’t exist.

The good news is that most of the community is surrounded by natural and man-made breaks. Only three spots are identified as in need of fuel reduction to complete the network and reduce the risk of wildfire to the community.

“There’s so much forest around the community that trying to firesmart it all isn’t possible and would be very expensive,” said Pearce. “We’re really lucky to have a whole bunch of natural and man made breaks that create a network around the community already.”

The existing breaks include the BC Hydro power lines and Highway 23 south to the west, the transmission line that crosses the Columbia River from the main power lines into town, the Trans-Canada Highway to the east, north and west; the Begbie Creek area; and the Devil’s Club run and North Bowl area of Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

The areas that need to be addressed are the South Revelstoke area along Airport Way, the Greeley Creek area, and Mount Revelstoke National Park.

For the first two areas, a series of meetings is being held to educate people on FireSmarting their property and to provide input for fuel break design.

For the latter, Parks Canada is developing a fire management plan that would include identification of wildfire risks and fuel treatment options that would complement the Trans-Canada Highway.

“Because of the high to extreme community values of the highway, the CPR line, the homes there, you need a really significant break and the highway just isn’t wide enough,” said Pearce.

According to the report, Revelstoke gets high and extreme wildfire conditions for an average of 20 days per year, and for up to two months in very bad years. The most recent wildfires in the area took place in 2003 and 2006, though they did not result in serious threats to town.

The report looked at an area within two kilometres of Revelstoke’s fire protection zone, as well as South Revelstoke and the Greeley area.

Fuel reduction projects will be conducted in areas that lack existing fuel breaks. Residents in at-risk areas are advised to fire-smart their properties in order to reduce the impact of fire.

“We thought it would be a major issue with the need to do fuel treatments all the way around town, but it turns out there’s already a network of fuel breaks in place,” said Pearce.

Neighbourhood meetings wil be held:

— Tuesday, May 26, at 7 p.m., at the Hillcrest Hotel for residents of Columbia Park, CPR Hill and Johnson Heights.

— Wednesday, May 27, at 7 p.m., at the Nordic ski lodge for Begbie Bench residents

— Thursday, May 28, at 7 p.m., at the Sutton Place Hotel for Arrow Heights and South Revelstoke residents.

Check out the media advisory, fuel break descriptions and a backgrounder on the project below.

Media Advisory – Community Wildfire Protection Fuel Break Design Review May 2015 by AlexCooperRTR

Revelstoke Wildfire Fuelbreak Design Project Backgrounder FINAL MAY 2015 by AlexCooperRTR

Revelstoke DRAFT Fuel Break Descriptions May 2015 by AlexCooperRTR

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Revelstoke City Council wants feedback on proposed budget

It calls for a 6% property tax increase

WEB POLL: Would you like to see a new highway built between B.C. and Central Alberta?

Building another highway through the mountains would shave 95 km from Kamloops to Red Deer

LETTER: Ex councillor weighs in on deferral of raises for Revelstoke mayor and council

After Steven Cross resigned in protest, proposed raises were removed from the budget

DJs and bands playing this weekend in Revelstoke

Andy Siegel Special to the Review This weekend there’s another amazing line… Continue reading

Okanagan divers ready to take on 2020 B.C. Winter Games

The athletes have been training four days a week

B.C.’s soda drink tax will help kids lose weight, improve health, says doctor

Dr. Tom Warshawski says studies show sugary drinks contribute to obesity

A&W employees in Ladysmith get all-inclusive vacation for 10 years of service

Kelly Frenchy, Katherine Aleck, and Muriel Jack are headed on all-expenses-paid vacations

B.C. mom’s complaint about ‘R word’ in children’s ministry email sparks review

In 2020, the ‘R’ word shouldn’t be used, Sue Robins says

B.C., federal ministers plead for meeting Wet’suwet’en dissidents

Scott Fraser, Carolyn Bennett says they can be in Smithers Thursday

EDITORIAL: Revisiting cannabis regulations

Recent retail license application has brought up concerns about present policy in Summerland

Guidelines regulate Summerland cannabis stores

The municipality’s policy, 300.6 establishes the 50-metre buffer zone around schools and parks

Largest aircraft to operate at YLW begins service to Toronto this summer

The Boeing 767-300ER will increase seat availability for flights to Toronto by 40 per cent

B.C. budget fails to ‘excite’ Kelowna business community

Chamber says Budget 2020 lacks a clearly defined competitiveness strategy

Most Read