Kamloops Fire Rescue guarding against Fort McMurray repeat

By Chad Klassen
May 5, 2016 - 11:45am Updated: May 5, 2016 - 5:26pm

KAMLOOPS — Emergency officials in Kamloops are doing the most they can to ensure the nightmare unfolding in Fort McMurray does not repeat itself here.

Deputy Chief Mike Adams says Kamloops Fire Rescue has been working with emergency response organizations such as the BC Wildfire Service and RCMP to update our wildfire protocols.

Adams adds KFR has also worked with the city's parks department to ensure hazardous trees are removed, but he says private property owners can help out, too.

"Simply doing fuel management, and keeping trees away from their property within a 10m area, choosing the right building materials that are less combustible, so avoiding cedar shingles, ect., and really being aware of the fuels around their property" said Adams. 

Having said that, Adams notes if a firestorm the scale of what is devastating Fort McMurray hits, there's only so much humans can do to fight it.

Adams says Mother Nature will need to help out in order to minimize damage.

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