Residents and businesses in the County are encouraged to bring wood debris, branches and deadfall from their backyards to the annual FireSmart Wood Waste Clean-up.
According to the County Fire Marshal, 50 percent of home losses are caused by fires started from debris on the roof or surrounding the house.
Fire Marshal Ken Atamanchuk says there will be other activities people can take part in as well.
“We are also going to have Alberta Agriculture and Forestry staff on site, which will provide information on FireSmart to the residents that come out.
And of course, we’ll have our County BBQ, with some hot dogs and some refreshments at the same time.
” He says all drop offs are free and the initiative has been very successful in the past.
“One year when we did four Saturdays we had up to 100 loads come to us. It was busy as ever, but it was wonderful because it showed us the amount of stuff that’s out there that people want to get rid of.”
This year he expects fifty loads to be dropped off.
The event starts Saturday at Pinebrook Estates and again on June 3 at Lawra Estates. Both clean-ups are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.