Though the major forest fire threats in the Sea to Sky corridor have diminished, there are still precautions residents can take.
On Sept. 30, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) revealed its plans to create FireSmart neighbourhoods. The RMOW is encouraging people to burn garden debris and make the most of the free yard waste drop-off program. Those looking to burn garden debris can apply for a permit in person at the Municipal Hall (4325 Blackcomb Way) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, or online at whistler.ca/fire.
The drop-off program runs Oct. 16 to 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. adjacent to the Nesters Waste Depot.
Staff and volunteers from Carney's will be onsite to help people dropping off waste and invasive species. There will be separate bins for both options.
Among the items accepted are: grass, leaves, small twigs, hedge trimmings, branches, trunks and lumber, as well as yard waste with minimal dirt and sand. Items that will not be accepted include rocks, plastic bags or garbage, or wood with paint, nails, screws, glue, stain or chemical treatment.
The Whistler Fire Service is also offering free home assessments to those looking to reduce their risk. Contact 604-935-8260 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.