Province raises wildfire fighting budget

By Matt Fetinko
February 25, 2019 - 4:15pm Updated: February 25, 2019 - 6:06pm

PRINCE GEORGE — The last two wildfire seasons have been historically bad in BC, with the Province spending nearly $650 million in 2017.

Talk has been had about if harsher wildfire seasons are becoming the new normal. If that turns out to be the case, the $101 million now allotted to fighting wildfires could be much less than needed.

The additional money is set to go towards a number of things including contracted firefighters, helicopter and fixed-wing air support, and training.

The increase is especially important considering the Province has gone over budget for the last number of wildfire seasons. If this continues, it could be a major concern for smaller communities that do not have many immediate resources available.

The province is open to adjusting the budget in future years.

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