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City to host wildfire protection and education day

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POWELL RIVER, B.C. – The City of Powell River wants residents to be prepared in case of a wildfire.

May 5, 2018 is National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, and the city is hosting an event at Timberlane Track to mark the occasion.

There will be a community picnic, with hot dogs and snacks, with a variety of activities for residents to try out from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Powell River Fire Rescue will be in attendance, along with representatives from the Regional District’s Parks Department, wildfire crews and the Broombusters, a local group dedicated to stopping the spread of the invasive Scotch broom.

The RD will be bringing what’s called the Burn Boss, an incinerator for noxious weeds and plants.

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The event will focus on wildfire protection education, offering safety tips to residents. Some of the activities will include fire extinguisher training, demonstration of the Structural Protection Unit and kids activities like a junior fire-fit challenge.

According to a release from the city, Powell River was one of 94 communities across Canada that received $500 in national and provincial funding for local mitigation projects to help reduce the risk of wildfire damage.

For further details on National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, visit firesmartcanada.ca.

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