DAWSON CREEK -- The Peace River Regional District received an $80,000 grant from the BC Government to hold workshops to prepare for future climate-related natural disasters.

The workshops will be for PRRD staff to identify and reduce the risks of natural disasters.

Climate-related disasters include wildfires, landslides and flooding.

In 2023, BC faced the worst wildfire season on record.

Over 1 million hectares of land burned in the Province with the Donnie Creek wildfire burning 619,072 hectares, alone.

Chair Leonard Hiebert said, “Members of the Peace River Regional District are looking forward to geo-hazards workshop, so they can fully understand why identifying and mitigating geo-hazards is important”.

He said the District will, “be better positioned to make important land-use decisions facing the PRRD, and to prepare more comprehensive and responsive emergency and disaster management plans in the region as well.”

The Fraser-Fort George Regional District also received a grant to assess flood and landslide risks in the area.