Eleven local governments and First Nations in the Kamloops Fire Centre have received provincial grants totalling more than $1 million to help with wildfire risk-reduction projects.
The City of West Kelowna is receiving $100,000 to assist with fuel and vegetation management.
The Central Okanagan regional district gets $30,000 to help with planning.
In the North Okanagan, Vernon gets $58,200 to assist with fuel and vegetation management and the North Okanagan regional district gets $100,000 for education and fuel and vegetation management.
The grants are among 44 being distributed provincewide. This is in addition to more than $6 million provided to 85 municipalities, regional districts and First Nations in May.
The Union of B.C. Municipalities administers the program and processes applications. Eligible applicants facing a lower wildfire risk can apply for up to $25,000, while applicants facing a higher wildfire risk can now apply for up to $150,000.
The largest grant in this region was just under $200,000 to the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band.