The Province is burning through its wildfire budget

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The Province is burning through its wildfire budget

BC’s Forests minister says he is very concerned as hot dry weather turns the province into a tinder box.

Steve Thomson says firefighters are working hard on the ground to save homes in Hudsons Hope and elsewhere.

“When the evacuation orders get put in place there is a whole structure and system in place that supports that through Emergency Management BC. Opening of emergency centres and support that is put in place. So this is cross ministry with emergency management of local governments. There are protocols and systems in place. Everybody on the ground is working to respond to the situation.”

Thomson says this is the busiest start to a wildfire season he has seen as minister.

“Very concerned. We have got all of our resources dedicated to responding to them working across ministries but the combination of weather and the current situtation is creating a situation that is obviously a lot of concern but we have got great professionals on the ground who are responding.”

He says this years wildfire budget is 63-million-dollars.

“We have spent a fair amount of the budget. We are coming up against the allocated budget. It is an earlier start normally this is the kind of activity we might be seeing in the first part of August or something like that.”

The province can access discretionary funds once the budget is used up.

Last year the province spent 122-million-dollars fighting wildfires.


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  1. Gee wiz. I guess the “Brightest and the Best” took some of the money that has to be spent on fighting forest fires to balance snookums “Balanced Budget”. YA NO.

    And last year they spent 122 million on fires. And this year they budgeted 63 million.
    Sure seems like snookums and her ilk ARE THE BRIGHTST AND THE BEST.

    I am not a math wiz, well at least not like the LIE BERALS are. But I can sure see how the “Brightest and the Best” are not!!! As snookums would say, “YA NO”.