Wildfires have already cost province $103M

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Wildfires have already cost province $103M

The long hot summer is burning a hole in the provincial budget.

Finance Minister Mike de Jong says forest firefighting has already cost the government $103 million, and the fire season has a long way to go.

“We are spending about $3.5 million a day. The possibility of a fire season consuming a quarter billion tax dollars is real. Not a certainty, and the weather can change. We hope it’s less; it could be more.”

De Jong says it’s another reminder to act responsibly in B.C.’s forests as a more hot and dry long weekend approaches.


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  1. Darn, eh? Too bad we didn’t have the Mars bombers under contract still. Would have been a lot cheaper and a whole lot more effective than the BC Lieberals pet contributor…….