Fort McMurray approves plan to bolster wildfire prevention

By The Canadian Press
January 31, 2018 - 7:57am

FORT MCMURRAY- Wood Buffalo council has approved a plan to help prevent destructive wildfires such as the one that ravaged the Fort McMurray community in 2016.

The Regional Municipality says the five-year mitigation strategy includes a more robust fire prevention program.

The plan calls for more tree and brush clearing and for residents to remove any combustible material within 1.5 metres of homes.

The fire that roared through the region in May of 2016 forced more than 80,000 people from the area and destroyed almost 2,600 dwellings.

A report on the fire released last year said a blizzard of blazing embers blew over fireguards and a river to ignite fires in residential neighbourhoods.

The flames burned dry grass, leaves, pine needles, fences, patio decks, wood piles, evergreens and ornamental shrubs that were too close to homes.

(The Canadian Press) 

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