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.