The fire risk in about 100 hectares of forest near Big White will be lessened through a tree-thinning program.

The fire-mitigation effort has already begun and will resume after the winter, with completion expected by next September.

“When you live in a community where there’s only one road out and you see the devastation a fire can bring, it’s nerve-wracking,” Michael Ballingall of Big White said Tuesday in a release.

“The forest around the resort hasn’t burned for over 200 years, so we were looking for a program to help us clear around Big White,” he said.

The Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. is providing $500,000 for the fire-reduction program. Main treatment areas are north and south of Big White Road, which leads to the resort from Highway 33.