SUNSHINE COAST, B.C. – Starting next week, Lower Sunshine Coast residents will have a chance to learn about what they can do, to help prevent forest fires from spreading to urban areas.

A series of events will centre on a recent video featuring four speakers’ insights into risks and remedies specific to the lower Sunshine Coast.

The events will be moderated by Dave Lasser, the operations manager of the Community Forest.

The local fire chief is also expected to attend.

You will learn:

  • what the province can do
  • what your community can do
  • what you can do

Monday June 17:  6.30pm

Roberts Creek Hall

1309 Roberts Creek Road

Wednesday June 19:  6:30pm

Pender Harbour Legion

Lilies Lake Road

Monday June 24: 6.30pm

Gibsons’ Public Market

473 Gower Point Road

Registration is not required.

Experts include Bruce Blackwell from BA Blackwell & Associates; UBC professor Lori Daniels;  Tom Bradley from Slocan Integral Forestry Co-operative; and Brian McNaughton, who is the executive director of the Federation of BC Woodlots.

A release states that “where forests meet privately owned land is where catastrophic fires can occur.”

“Catastrophic fires occur in areas where the forest meets privately owned land – where we build our homes, businesses and infrastructure. This area of high risk is known as the urban interface and there are many areas of vulnerability on the lower Sunshine Coast. In 2018, we experienced our longest period of extreme fire hazard.”