The B.C. government wants to spend less on fighting fires, and more on preventing them.
Forests Minister Steve Thomson says the new $85-million Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. first revealed in the provincial budget will aim to prevent fires through fuel management, reforestation, and restoring wildlife habitats.
“Our goal in this program is to help reduce the risks and look at focusing resources on mitigation and reducing risk as opposed to having to spend so much of our critical resources on direct fire suppression.”
Last year the province spent $282 million dollars fighting fires.
300,000 hectares of land was burned.