Yellowknife firefighters go door-to-door with FireSmarting advice

YKFD crest courtesy of City of Yellowknife

Ahead of the wildfire season, Yellowknife firefighters are going door-to-door giving FireSmarting advice to residents whose properties back on to forested area.

According to a news release from the city, firefighters are providing information on how residents can limit forest fire damage through FireSmarting techniques.

Those techniques include cleaning up brush and dead trees from your property.

Firefighters are distributing pamphlets provided by FireSmart Canada and the GNWT’s Department of Environment & Natural Resources.

The information includes ways people can take action to reduce the risk of wildfire damage to their homes and properties.

Also included in the pamphlet is a property evaluation check list which assesses the risk of property damage from wildfire, as well as a preparation guide in the event that an evacuation is required.

The checklist and preparation guide are also available on the City’s website.

“I encourage all Yellowknife residents to participate in FireSmarting preventive measures and take steps to reduce wildfire risk. By reducing our risks we can proactively reduce the chances of damage,” stated Mayor Rebecca Alty in the news release.

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.