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RES launches photo contest to encourage FireSmart practices at home

PHOTO. Supplied. FireSmart is a national program adopted in communities across Canada aimed at reducing the risk of wildfire in interface zones where the urban setting meets environments prone to wildfire.

Regional Emergency Services has launched a photo contest to encourage residents to take FireSmart action at home.

Residents simply have to submit a photo of themselves doing a FireSmart task at home.

Regional Fire Chief Jody Butz said that over the last few years more than 400 ha. of municipal forest has been treated with FireSmart tasks to reduce the wildfire risk.

“But being FireSmart as a community is more than just treating our forests. It’s about working collectively to reduce risk where it exists, including residential property. I think the community has been very receptive to this over the years, and this photo contest is a great way for residents to show us how they are continuing to take FireSmart action at home.”

By submitting a photo, you’ll be entered into a draw to win one of four chainsaw prize packages.

Two participants within the Urban Service Area could win the chainsaw packages, while two within Anzac, Conklin, Draper, Gregoire Lake Estates, Fort Chipewyan, Fort McKay, Saprae Creek Estates and Janvier could win the other two.

You must be 18 or older to submit a photo and can submit up to seven times doing different FireSmart tasks.

Submit your photo and review a list of eligible tasks by visiting the municipality’s website.

The deadline to submit a photo is Aug. 31 at 4:30 p.m.

The draw will take place on Sept. 4.