A FireSmart clean-up and chipping event will be held at West Bench Elementary School on Oct. 17. (Contributed)

FireSmart clean-up and chipping event planned for West Bench

Event on Oct. 17 to help reduce risk of wildfire damage

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is hosting a community FireSmart clean-up and chipping event at West Bench Elementary School on Saturday, Oct. 17. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It is open to those removing flammable debris from their properties.

Changes made to the areas closest to one’s home will have the greatest impact on reducing the risk of wildfire damage. Being FireSmart is a shared responsibility.

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“This event provides West Bench residents with an opportunity to help protect their properties,” said Area F director Riley Gettens.

“The RDOS is encouraging residents throughout the Regional District to be proactive when it comes to the threat of wildfires.”

Funding for the event is provided by the Community Resiliency Investment Program.

Materials accepted for chipping include leaves, twigs, branches, grass clippings and wood up to 40 centimetres in diameter.

Materials not accepted include rocks, roots, pressure-treated lumber, cattails, reeds, bamboo, vines, kitchen by-products, manufactured paper products such as baseball cards or newspapers), plastic, metal, glass, fish and fish by-products and any other material not found in normal yard or lawn waste.

FireSmart resource links and information including FireSmart Community Assessment reports are available online at emergency.rdos.bc.ca/resources/.

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