The Municipality reminds residents that controlled burns are ongoing in the Birchwood Trails as part of the FireSmart fuel reduction projects.
While the FireSmart fuel reduction projects are active, fire and smoke from the controlled burns will be visible. This may cause concern or unexpected emotional triggers in individuals. The Municipality reminds residents that this is a natural reaction and that resources are available to help cope with this stress.
“Disasters such as the wildfire can have a big impact on your emotional and physical health; and there can be lasting effects to that such as emotional triggers,” says Leesa McLeod, People Services, Recovery Task Force. “If you find yourself experiencing these feelings, we encourage you to talk to a trusted friend, counsellor or support person. Please know that you are not alone, and that there are supports available to you.”
Throughout the FireSmart fuel reduction projects, the safety and well-being of residents is the Municipality’s top priority. As well as maintaining their mental health, residents are asked to keep the safety of themselves and others in mind. Stay clear of the ongoing controlled burn sites and drive with caution when passing these sites on the road. Slowing or stopping your vehicle near controlled burns increases the risk of traffic accidents.
The purpose of the FireSmart fuel reduction project is to reduce fuel in the area, decreasing the risk of future wildfires. Controlled burns are closely monitored and will only be ignited in favourable, safe conditions. These fuel reduction efforts are anticipated to run consistently until the end of March.
Find out more information on the Municipality’s FireSmart fuel reduction projects at rmwb.ca/birchwoodtrails.