By Chadd Cawson Local Journalism Initiative Reporter While the old saying suggests you fight fire with fire, to prevent and fight wildfires, one needs the applicable skills. Many communities throughout the Columbia Basin are at risk when wildfire season is upon us. One community that knows this all too well is the Yaq?it ?a?knuq?i `it (YQT) First Nation which neighbours Grasmere. The community has come together for a wildfire resilience project to up their game against future flames. Columbia Basin Trust has also been instrumental in this with their support for the recent purchase of much-needed firefighting gear and equipment. Located in grasslands at the base of forested mountains, “We are in the thick of it, so to speak,” said Nasu?kin, Heidi Gravelle, of YQT (Tobacco Plains Indian Band) First
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