The chair of the Cariboo Regional District says the regional government is as prepared as it can be for another wildfire season.
Margo Wagner makes the comments as the regional district’s board of directors works its way through a wildfire report containing more than 70 recommendations to improve overall wildfire response and operations.
She says communications could be better and she’d also like to see changes to the permitting system to allow wildfire evacuees to return home more quickly but Wagner says last summer was a “hundred year event”, and hopes it won’t be repeated any time soon.
Including blazes in the Cariboo Regional District, B-C’s Wildfire Service says more than 12-thousand square kilometres of timber and bush was charred by last year’s wildfires and 65-thousand people were displaced.
(CFJC, The Canadian Press)