The City of Penticton is offering free disposal bins to get more neighbourhoods FireSmart. (FireSmart image)

The City of Penticton is offering free disposal bins to get more neighbourhoods FireSmart. (FireSmart image)

Penticton offering free disposal bins to get neighbourhoods FireSmart

Free bins to up to 15 neighbourhoods to clear fuels ahead of fire season

Neighbourhoods looking to get FireSmart this year can get some city assistance.

The City of Penticton is offering free bins to up to 15 neighbourhoods to help with disposing of cleared fuels ahead of fire season.

“With the continued dry summer seasons and prevalence of wildfires in our region, it’s important to do as much as possible to help protect our communities and that can begin with protecting our neighbourhoods,” said Penticton’s FireSmart coordinator Brittany Seibert.

To qualify, neighbourhoods must supply information that details the fuel to be removed, the residents that will be participating and proof of at least one resident completing the free FireSmart 101 online course. Additionally, neighbourhoods can also contact the FireSmart team for a FireSmart information session.

Applications can be found online on www.penticton.ca/wildfireprevention and need to be submitted by either emailing FireSmart@penticton.ca or dropping them off at the fire department, 250 Nanaimo Ave. W., addressed to the FireSmart Team.

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Participating neighbourhoods will receive a large waste bin to dispose of yard organics centrally located in the area, with a FireSmart team member onsite for additional support.

Applications are due by Feb. 15 and bins must be used prior to June 1. All applications will undergo a review process and priority will be given to neighbourhoods located within the Wildfire Urban Interface area.

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