03/10/2015 05:28 EDT | Updated 05/10/2015 05:59 EDT

West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater calls for better prevention of forest fires

West Kelowna wants the B.C. government to do more to prevent forest fires and the city, which has been hit hard in past summers by wildfires, is calling for more funding to protect public and private lands.

"Our community has been affected by wild fire a number of times," West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater told Daybreak South.

​Findlater said he's worried because this season's warm, dry, weather has already led to warnings about forest fire risk with the Kamloops Fire Centre advising caution with open burning.

"The province needs to step up and be the muscle in dealing with private landowners who deal with chunks adjacent to interface areas," said Findlater.

He said he was told "the jar is dry" for the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative, which funds work to prevent wildfires by getting rid of fuel source.

He wants to see that funding restored.

West Kelowna passed a motion to ask the province to bolster its fire prevention programs. It will bring that resolution to the Southern Interior Local Government Association's annual general meeting next month. 

To hear the full interview with West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater, click the audio labelled: West Kelowna wants province to do more to prevent forest fires