Letter: Riparian areas are not fire smart – what is fire smart?

Monday, August 19 2013

1. Within 10 metres of any building, remove any shrubs, trees, deadfall or woodpiles.

2. From 10 to 30 metres, remove trees and debris particularly evergreen trees. Remove deadfall, thick shrubbery and mature trees that might provide the opportunity for a ground fire to climb into the forest canopy.

3. From 30 to 100 metres, thin or reduce shrubs and trees to prevent fire spreading and crowning.

However, if riparian area bylaw 266 is enacted and you are in one of the proposed riparian areas, you are not allowed to remove shrubs or bush or cut down trees or even remove lower branches unless you hire a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) to say you can at a cost of $1,500 to $2,000. 

Seems to me that this conflicts with the fire smart policies. This could be a disaster on a dry island like we have right now. Do we want to put ourselves in jeopardy? 

~ John King